31  Michael Harper
Michael Harper


Stone Mountain, Ga.

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Height / Weight:
6-1 / 182

Wide Receiver


Returned to action in spring practice ... Was contending for playing time in August 2009 when he incurred a back and knee injury ... Returned to practice and played in one game before the misfortune of another knee injury that ended his season ... Transfer from Howard University who has shown playmaking ability in practice ... His background as a high-school quarterback helps him have good knowledge of the passing game.

2009 (Junior): Played in one game, the victory over the University of Louisiana at Monroe ... Sustained a knee injury later and was lost for the remainder of the season.

2008 (Junior): Transferred to Kentucky ... Redshirted.

At Howard University: Spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Howard University ... Saw time at wide receiver during his second year at Howard ... Played in five games for the Bison, catching four balls for 90 yards and two touchdowns ... Also spent time on special teams as a kick returner, bringing back eight balls for a gain of 140 yards on the season.

High School: Dual-threat offensive player in high school, playing primarily at quarterback with some time at wide receiver ... Helped lead his team to the Georgia state semifinals for the first time in school history as a senior and four-straight regional championships ... In a game against Brookwood, topped 250 yards of total offense, scoring two touchdowns through the air and rushing for another TD ... Named team's most outstanding offensive player as a senior ... Received multiple player of the week awards ... Coached by Ron Gartrell ... Two-year letterman on both the basketball and track and field teams ... Competed in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and the high jump ... Enjoys playing video games and making music in his free time.

Personal: Born in Atlanta ... Son of Krystal Nelloms and Paul Harper III His godbrother and mentor is Reggie Ball, who played at Georgia Tech and with the NFL Detroit Lions ... Major is sociology.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium