Tradition and Facilities Impress Harding

Physical safety Khari Harding talks about his visit to Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers as he prepares to make a final decision.

Edmond, Okla.—A longtime commitment to the Arkansas Razorbacks, physical safety Khari Harding visited Auburn over the weekend and the 6-2, 205-pounder says the Tigers are in the mix with Arkansas as he gets ready to make a final decision between now and signing day.

"It was a great visit," Harding said. "I went there and saw what I needed to see. I liked the tradition and what the coaches were talking about. It was a good visit.

"I like that they want to keep the jerseys traditional," he added. "I like those jerseys. I like the campus. I like the lifestyle. I like how everybody is and the people around there. It was just a great feeling."

Being recruited by Gus Malzahn and his staff at Arkansas State, Harding has had the opportunity to get to know Charlie Harbison and the rest of the new Auburn defensive staff since the Tigers began recruiting him last month. He said it was great to have the chance to sit down and talk with them while on his trip to the Plains.

"I like these coaches a lot," Harding said. "They are real with you. They know what they are talking about. They've coached a lot of great players. They have put players in the league and I like that a lot."

After visiting Arizona State last weekend and unsure if he's going to visit Arkansas, Harding said he's ready to make a decision between his three finalists, but doesn't know when that will happen.

"I don't really want to talk about a decision," Harding said. "I'm still high on them (Auburn). I'm still committed to Arkansas right now. Auburn is right behind Arkansas. I have no timetable for my decision."

As a senior Harding made 105 tackles as Sante Fe High finished with a 10-2 record in 2012. As a junior he collected 71 tackles.


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