Harding took a visit to South Carolina over the weekend and sat down with his parents on Monday night to work out a final decision.
"I had a talk with my parents at about 9," he said. "I wanted to get my decision out of the way before my season started. We talked about it, prayed about it. I decided to go with Duke so I gave Coach Collins a call. He was real excited. He told me that I made his week. Then the next morning I called Coach Cutcliff and Coach Luke and talked to them. They had a similar response. They're excited to have me on board and I'm excited to be on board."
Harding, 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, had narrowed his list down to UCF, South Carolina, and Duke before making the final decision. Having a few friends there helped seal the deal.
"I have a buddy named Kyle Hill at Duke now," he said. "And I have a friend here, Ryan Hall, who is also committed. I met Ryan on a recruiting trip to Florida State last year so we've known each other for a little while now. It's good to know that I'll have a couple friends up there with me. Plus, my dad's side of the family lives in Charlotte so I'll only be a few hours away from them."
The talented lineman said he plans on focusing on his senior season and taking just one official visit this year.
"I'll take one more visit and that'll be my official to Duke," he said. "I'll try to get to a few games as well. I'd like to get up for the Miami game."
Harding projects as a full qualifier and is rated as a three-star offensive line prospect by Scout.com.