Harding Sorting it Through

After a coaching change at the school he has been committed to for months talented safety Khari Harding is trying to sort through the recruiting process...

Khari Harding, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety from Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High made his commitment to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Since then it has been a little bit of a roller coaster ride. The coaching staff has changed and now Bret Bielema is steering the ship.

Harding remains committed to the Hogs but is still in the learning phase in regards the new staff.

"I still like Arkansas and I am still committed to them," Harding explained. "I am just looking forward to getting to know the coaches and see what they are all about."

While loves Fayetteville and the Razorback's program he would be remiss to not make sure that he does not close any doors and two schools have turned on the full court press: Arizona State and Auburn.

Arizona State has been recruiting him feverishly for awhile and he has an official visit scheduled to see the program on January, 11.

"They called me to check in on me every opportunity they had, ever since they offered," Harding said of the interest from the Sun Devils. "They have told me I am at the top of their board at safety. My uncle and Coach (Paul) Randolph played together in the Canadian Football League."

Auburn is a school that just joined the mix with an official offer two days ago. It was a big offer to land, because newly appointed head coach Gus Malzahn had made it clearly apparent that he desired to have Harding in his defense even while he was at Arkansas State.

He will be tripping to Auburn on January 18.

"It felt good getting that recognition from Coach Malzahn," Harding informed of his relationship with the new Tigers head man. "He has always made it clear that he really wanted me and now that he is at Auburn he really feels like I can come in and contribute right away and be the safety they need in that 4-2-5 defense."

At the end of the day Harding will be looking for a school that he feels like will fit his needs on and off of the field, whether that is with Arkansas, Auburn or Arizona State only time will tell.

"I really just want to get a good feel for how the coaches are, what the academics are like, the facilities and the traditions," Harding began. "But really I am just looking for a good fit for me where I can come in and help the program and be a success."

As a junior Harding was noted with 71 tackles, but eclipsed those numbers as a senior by more than 40 racking up 115 tackles to help lead the Santa Fe defense, that went 10-2 in 2012.


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