The 2009 Scouting Report: Made big strides during the spring, especially from a confidence standpoint ... Expected to help in the kicking game and work his way up the depth chart at cornerback.
Played in one game vs. Towson ... Elected to leave program and transfer on Nov. 2.
2008: Did not see action.
High School: PrepStar All-Southeast Region cornerback ... Two-time All-Region 4-5A honoree ... Played cornerback, wide receiver and running back, as well as kick and punt returner for the Stars ... Helped lead Siegel to a 6-4 record ... One of his career highlights was a 95-yard interception return for TD ... Led the Stars in receiving yards and interceptions ... Selected to play in Toyota East-West game but was unable to participate ... Team captain ... Played two years of basketball ... National Honor Society, Beta Club and Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by David Watson.
Personal: Born Caleb Xavier Harper ... Son of Rickey and Lisa Harper ... Uncle, J.W. Harper, is a former football coach at Texas Southern University and uncle, Ed Heath, is a former player for the Cincinnati Bengals ... Major is undeclared.
The Harper File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
A: 1. Renegade (Jay-Z) 2. 15 Steps (Radiohead) 3. Unstoppable (Drake) 4. Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin) 5. My First Song (Jay-Z)
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
A: Halle Berry - What guy wouldn't want to have a dinner date with her?
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: I'd have to say the most important thing that I've learned is that you never know what to expect in life. You have a plan, but things don't always go according to that and you've got to be able to make adjustments on the fly. It's the same with football - you gameplan all week and study your opponent's tendencies, but you have to be able to adapt. That's one of life's most important skills, the ability to adapt.
Q: A song that best describes you?
A: I'm going to say Successful by Drake because that's what everybody wants in life, to be successful. But sometimes, we have to step back and make sure our definition of "success" is true to us and make sure we're not satisfying everybody else's definition. Whatever it is that makes you happy and feel successful, that's all that really matters. And I identify with that, I just want to be successful.
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
A: I hate vegetables. All of them. I can't even eat lettuce. I'm not even exaggerating, I don't eat ANY of them. I guess I'm more of a meat 'n potatoes kind of guy.
Q: My favorite place to visit is:
A: Just traveling in general and experiencing new places
Q: Facebook or Twitter?
A: Facebook definitely. I haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon.
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team?
A: I think I have to be one of the biggest. I'm always scaring or pulling a prank on somebody. Q Davie is a pretty big jokester, too.
Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
A: The coaches and the players, by far.
Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
A: Big Ten football and a Northwestern degree? That's pretty legit.
Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
A: I'll do one better and describe him in one. Passionate.
Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less:
Q: Most humbling experience:
A: The very first collegiate practice. There's a huge jump from high school to college.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
A: I'd have to say playing D1 football. Where I'm from, guys are pretty much born with a football in their hands and all dream of playing ball when they grow up. I get to do that.
Q: The best book I have ever read is:
A: That's tough. Alas Babylon is probably my favorite book.
Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
A: Will Smith - he's always been one of my biggest role models
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
A: I don't remember pretending to be anybody. I was just happy to be out there playing.
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
A: I'm not too superstitious, I just listen to my Ipod and get focused.
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: Probably a James Bond movie. He's got all the gadgets and gets all the girls. I wouldn't mind that.
Q: My favorite food is:
A: My mom's chicken and dressing, definitely. That and anything my grandmother - who I call my nana- anything that she makes.
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
A: Pick 6 as time expires to win the game. A la Brendan Smith
Q: My favorite television show is:
A: Fresh Prince and Real World. I don't really watch too much TV, I like movies more.
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
A: Probably coaching
Q: The three words that best describe me:
A: Laid back and confident
Q: My football-related superstition is:
A: Like I said, I'm not too superstitious.
Harper's Career Stats
2008................ 0 No other statistics
2009................ 1 No other statistics
TOTAL............... 1 No other statistics