CLEMSON -- Clemson junior running back Jamie Harper announced Sunday will turn pro despite being a mid- to late-round NFL Draft prospect. After beginning the year in a timeshare with Berkeley High product Andre Ellington, Ellington began taking carries away from Harper until a midseason injury to Ellington allowed Harper to claim the feature back role. While Harper arrived as a highly-regarded recruit in 2008 he averaged a middling 4.2 yards per carry in his three-year career. "I certainly wanted Jamie to remain at Clemson for his senior year," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a release. "But I thank him for his contributions to our program the last three years. He represented our school and our program well. He was a fun player to coach because he gave us everything he had in every practice and every game." Despite the loss of Harper, who was an asset in the passing game, Clemson expects to have plenty of depth and talent in the backfield next year. Ellington is expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp after averaging 5.8 yards per carry in 2010, rushing for 686 total yards. The to- be junior will be joined by five-star commit Mike Bellamy and talented redshirt freshmen like Demont Buice. "I especially want to thank my teammates who have helped me become a better player over the last three years," Harper said in a release. "They have always been supportive. I wish the guys who will be returning next year the best."