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Cal Bears wide receiver Chris Harper has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
The news initially came from a tweet sent out by his former high school Crespi Carmelite in Encino on Tuesday evening.
Alumni: Congrats to Chris Harper '12 who decided to forego his final year at Cal and declare for the NFL draft. Good Luck Chris! #CeltPride— CrespiAthletics (@CrespiAthletics) January 6, 2015
Later in the evening, Harper sent out a pair of tweets confirming the news:
Thank you to all my teammates and the Bear community for making the last 3 years unforgettable it's truly been a gift I love yall. #GOBEARS— Christopher Harper (@ItsChrisHarper) January 7, 2015
That being said, im ready to start my path to the draft. If you supported me i know who u are if not..i know who u are too so dont try now.— Christopher Harper (@ItsChrisHarper) January 7, 2015
Harper's teammates Jared Goff and Bryce Treggs congratulated the 5-foot-11 junior on his decision.
Congrats to my man @itschrisharper taking his talents to the NFL. Can't wait to see what he does at… http://t.co/COTL7CqWT2— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) January 7, 2015
Good luck to my guy @ItsChrisHarper at the next level!— Trigga (@BryceTreggs) January 7, 2015
In 2014, Harper caught 52 passes for 634 yards and six touchdowns. In 2013, he caught a career-high 70 passes for 852 yards. As a freshman in 2012, Harper caught 41 passes for 544 yards.