Nebraska Recruiting: 2010 Commit Not Making It To Campus

Josh KleinCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2010

It may look like a mug shot, but it's not.

It's a Rivals recruit photo of Chase Harper, a four star tight end that many Nebraska fans thought would contribute right away even within one of the deeper positions on the team.

Nebraska recruited Harper thinking that he would be able to become academically eligible over the summer and could contribute right away.  Sadly that isn't the case.

One of the better blocking tight ends in the 2010 recruiting class won't be making his way to Lincoln this fall to play for Nebraska but instead will be returning to Navarro Junior College for at least another season.

How this affects Nebraska's recruiting of him is unclear. Harper would have been a sophomore coming from Navarro so he has at least one more year to try to bring his academics up before possibly joining the team in 2011.

However it might be safe to say that Nebraska will look to fill his spot with a more reliable admission coming in the 2011 class.

Look for head coach Bo Pelini and staff to try to fill Harper's void by recruiting another tight end in the 2011 class.  Some names to look out for are Dillon Van Der Wal, Troy Niklas and Christian French.  Nebraska has not yet offered Van Der Wal a scholarship but could given Harper's inability to come this fall.

In the short term Harper's absence doesn't mean much with players like Ben Cotton, Dreu Young, Kyler Reed and Mychael McClure filling up the depth chart.

It would have been nice though, to have a blocking tight end like Harper on the depth chart but it's not a back breaker to lose him either.

Harper's inability to qualify is a loss, but we shouldn't make it out to be more than it is.  A four star tight end from a JUCO program that might not have panned out anyway or could have been great.

As for Pelini and his staff, don't expect them to lose much sleep over this, after all, they functioned fine at tight end last year with all the same players they have coming back this year.