David Harding is a talented prospect from Orlando for the 2009 recruiting class. While he hasn't been extended any official offers, he has received a ton of interest from many schools. "So far recruiting has been going pretty good," expressed Harding. "I've taken a few unofficials to FSU and Duke this past season. Even though I don't have any offers at this time, I'm getting a lot of interest from Florida, Duke, FSU and Southern Miss. Right now I'd say that Florida has been sending me the most stuff lately."
Last year Harding made the trek up to Tallahassee to check a game. He said that it was a very good experience for him, saying, "I enjoyed the game I saw. It was interesting meeting some of the coaches and getting a better understanding of what the coaches do there. The facilities there are real nice and impressive."
The central Florida standout grew up a fan of the Florida Gators, but FSU is an intriguing school to Harding. "I've been a long-time fan of Florida. I haven't had the chance to go up there yet. I've heard the game day atmosphere is great and they are winning right now. With FSU I really like the facilities. The gameday atmosphere was energetic and exciting. I like what Coach Trickett is doing with the offensive line there. Speed is apart of his game and I like that. FSU has a beautiful campus. I see them as a team that's going to be winning again in a few years," stated Harding.
While he doesn't have any offers and the fact that it's very early in the process, David has a top 5 list of schools that he is looking at. He goes over them:
UF: "They are my childhood favorite."
FSU: "Trickett and the things they are doing."
Duke: "Just from an academics standpoint I like them."
UCF: "For some reason UCF doesn't really recruit much here. I'd consider them because it's close to home."
Auburn: "It is not that far away and I like the competitive nature of what they are doing."
David is taking this chance early on in his recruiting process to acquaint himself with coaches from perspective schools. He feels his tool set allows him to excel, and that they make him a good college prospect. He said, "I'm fast, and I get to the second level well. I can get out on the screens quickly. Right now I am more of finesse blocker and a better at pass blocking. I do well with traps, counters and stuff like that. I feel as though I'm a leader on and off the field. I learn quickly, too. What I really am working on is my strength. I'm 6'4 ½" and 270 pounds, but that is something I always work on. I want to make sure I maintain my speed as I get bigger."
David has some things he is looking for in a school. "Academics are the front runner. Good academics are key," said Harding. "I'm not necessarily looking for a winning team, but a place I can be the most productive and useful. I want to play for top of the line coaches. Preferably I'd like to stay closer to Orlando as possible."
Harding intends on making some visits to some camps, and will most likely take visits before he commits. He tells NoleDigest, "I plan on going to the FSU camp and the Florida camp over the summer. I'm thinking I may go to the Clemson camp too because I'll be up there for some time this summer. If I get invited I'll go to as many as possible. I'll probably go through the visits and all that. I can see myself committing early if the school is right."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further update with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.