David Harding is the best lineman on a Boone team that is one of Florida's top 6A teams. The 6'4" 270 pound standout has seen his recruitment begin to heat up as the spring evaluation is coming to an end. Harding said that spring football went very well, saying many schools came through to see him. He says his team looks like they're ready for another run at states, and he talked about the latest schools to offer.
"Spring went well. Our team looks really good. I think we have a team that can take us back to states. I have picked up a few more offers from Vanderbilt, UCF, Tulane, Georgia Tech and West Virginia. That puts me at 9 now, so I am starting to get some more options to look at."
Florida State offered Harding earlier this month. After the offer was extended NoleDigest spoke to David about what the offer meant to him, saying it placed the Seminoles in his top 5. At the time he hadn't had the chance to talk to Coach Trickett, but since the offer Harding has seen him at practice twice. He also was able to speak to him over the phone to talk about what the Seminoles have to offer. "Florida State came to see me two times. Each time it was Coach Trickett. I called him up after each visit and we talked about me coming up to visit for an unofficial in mid June. We also talked about the factors that are going to play into my decision. It really impressed me that Coach Trickett came to see me twice. Out of the schools that have offered me so far I have to say I have the best relationship with Coach Trickett. The fact that I may be able to go in there and play early is very appealing."
Growing up Harding was a big-time fan of the Florida Gators. He says that they have come to see him twice during spring, but they have not extended an offer to him at this time. He says he hopes they offer talking about how he wants to make a decision before the season starts. He did say an offer from the Gators doesn't mean he is a lock to sign with them in February.
"Florida actually came to see me twice but I haven't talked to them on the phone yet. They sent the recruiting guy for our area down then sent the offensive line coach down. Other than that, I have not heard anything from them. At this time I would say Florida State, Vanderbilt and Syracuse are recruiting me the hardest." "I am interested in seeing if Florida comes through with an offer after spring evaluations. I am not going to wait for them to come and offer me before I make my decision. I would like the offer to come soon because I would like to make it (the decision) soon. An offer doesn't mean a commitment, just that I'd consider them. I'd like to make this decision before fall, but as you know it is hard to put a timetable on this type of thing (recruiting)."
It seems at this time that an offer from the Gators would hold a lot of weight with Harding, but is quick to say he isn't going to let it consume his recruiting process. The schools that have offered early have shown the most interest, says Harding, and that is going to play a role when it's all said and done. "With this process I am taking it into consideration the schools that have shown me the interest early on. I want to do everything in my power to honor my commitment. That is why I am going to be perfectly sure I want to go to the school I commit to. My parents keep telling me to go where God wants me to go, and that I need to go to the place that gives me the best education and makes me the happiest while I am there. I don't have a top list of schools at this time. I have so many good schools to look at and I am trying to give them all a good look to see what they have to offer me."
The Seminoles are in need of linemen, and Harding is one of the top targets on their board. As we reported last time, it looks as though Harding's recruitment is going to boil down to another FSU/Florida battle. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.