Duke a Co-Favorite For Highly Recruited OL

David Harding is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida this year and Scout.com caught up with the Orlando (Boone) standout to talk about the latest on the recruiting front.

"Things are going real good right now," David Harding said. "I didn't get to play in our spring game last month because of a minor back injury I was dealing with. But I practiced with the team the entire month."

Harding, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has become one of the state's most heavily recruited offensive line prospects this year.

"I am up to 17 offers now," he said. "It's been great. A lot of coaches stopped by and stuff during the spring and now I'm just trying to get some of it narrowed down."

Harding talked about some of the schools on his radar.

"The top ones are UCF, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt," he said. "I also have some interest in South Carolina and Kentucky. All of those schools have offered me."

The talented big man grew up a fan of a school that hasn't given him an offer yet and he talked about that.

"I was a big Gator fan growing up," he said. "But they haven't offered me a scholarship yet and with some of their recent offensive line commitments, I'm not sure if they're going to. I'm still interested in them but they're not one of my top schools right now."

Two schools sit atop of Harding's list of favorites and he talked about them.

"I like Duke a lot and I like UCF a lot," he said. "I just visited UCF (yesterday). I like the coaching staff a lot and it's close to home. I've been to Duke a few times. I went for a game last year and I went for a visit a few weeks ago. I really like what they're doing with that program. And the academics couldn't be any better."

Harding talked about what he'll be looking for when it comes time to make a decision.

"I'll check the academics, how my relationship is with the coaches, and basically how I can contribute to the team," he said.

Inside the classroom, Harding carries a 4.3 GPA and scored an 1190 on the SAT.

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