Harding Looking Forward To Auburn Visit

Arkansas commitment Khari Harding talks about his visit to Auburn this weekend and gives his final three schools.

Edmond, Okla.—Three-star safety and Arkansas commitment Khari Harding has three teams left on his list as he prepares to make a final decision on his college choice before signing day.

Also looking at Arizona State following a visit to see the Sun Devils last weekend, the 6-2, 205-pounder will be on the Auburn campus this weekend for his official visit to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Recruited by Arkansas State while Malzahn was there, Harding started hearing from Auburn soon after the coach made the move to the Plains. Getting to know defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as well as secondary coaches Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith in conversations, the physical safety says he's looking forward to checking out everything on his first visit to Auburn.

"I like the recruiting class they are bringing in," Harding tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The coaching staff is wise and they seem like they know what they are doing. They have seen it all. I'll know more about Auburn after my visit."

While Auburn has already added one safety in this class, the need for at least one more is a major one with the Tigers switching to a 4-2-5 scheme that features three safeties on the field. That's something Harding says makes Auburn intriguing heading into his trip.

"That means a lot to me," Harding says. "I would love to have the chance to come in and possibly play right away. I feel like I'm going to be ready for it."

With his second official visit coming up this weekend and unsure if he will take any more before signing day, Harding says the trip is all about getting a feel for the campus and coaches as well as the people on and around campus.

"I want to see how the academics are," Harding says. "I won't really be able to ask the players how the coaches are because everyone is new on the staff. I can see how the coaches are and how they relate to the players."

Saying he's still committed to Arkansas, Harding points out Auburn definitely has a chance to make a move this weekend as he tries to make a final decision and put the recruiting process behind him.

"I'm still committed there, but I wanted to see what Arizona State and Auburn are looking like," he says. "That's it for me. That's my final three."

As a senior Harding made 115 tackles as Sante Fe High finished with a 10-2 record in 2012. As a junior he collected 71 tackles.

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