Bouncing Back

Edmond (OK) Santa Fe safety Khari Harding (6-1, 205, 4.5) admits that its been tough to be a Arkansas commitment this past two weeks, but he is hoping getting injured starting quarterback Tyler Wilson back will reverse the fortunes of the Razorbacks (1-2) tonight at 6 p.m. when they host Rutgers (3-0).

Arkansas safety commitment Khari Harding of Edmond (OK) Santa Fe admits that the last couple of weeks have been tough to watch when it comes to the Razorbacks.

But he has a lot of hope that getting injured starting quarterback Tyler Wilson back for Saturday's game with visiting Rutgers.

"I never thought they would lose to ULM (Louisiana-Monroe) and then not even score against Alabama," Harding said. "It's been tough to watch and deal with. It really has.

"But I think that the offense is going to rebound with Tyler Wilson coming back this weekend and the defense, well, it just needs to step up and get it done."

Harding (6-1, 205), whose team move to 3-1 with a 53-37 win over Southmoore on Thursday night has decided to take an official visit to Texas Tech on Oct. 6 when the Red Raiders are hosting Oklahoma.

He will also take some other official visits besides that one and to Arkansas.

Harding knows that the current Razorback staff will likely change – at least at the top - as a new head coach is expected to be named to replace John L. Smith, who is on a 10-month contract.

"I am still committed to Arkansas," Harding said. "Everybody should understand that. But I also need to be checking out other schools just in case things were to change."

Harding, who had 17 tackles in his team's season opener, chose the Razorbacks over Arizona State, Oregon State, Iowa State, Kansas State and Washington State.

He is getting interest from other schools – including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa – but so far does not have any in-state offers.

"I'm just going out and trying to do my best on the field and let any other offers that might come my way do so," Harding said. "But right now I am still planning on being a Razorback."

Harding has 43 tackles for this season in a campaign that has seen Edmond Santa Fe downed Midwest City 50-42, Yukon 42-23 and Southmoore while suffering its only loss to Edmond North 26-13.

"It was fun getting to play against Southmoore and another Razorback commit," Harding said. "That was Southmoore's Trey Edwards, who is going to be playing baseball at Arkansas next season.

Edmond Santa Fe, giving up an average of 310 yards rushing and 121 yards passing so far this season, will visit Mustang next Friday.

"We are playing ok, but our defense has got to step up and start stopping the run," Harding said. "We are not doing that well at all."



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