Once Malzahn made the move to Auburn it seemed like the perfect fit for Harding. Wanting to play in the SEC and challenge himself against the best, Harding got an offer from Auburn soon after the new coaching staff came on board. Wanting to visit the Tigers and see what the campus and university was all about, Harding returned home on Sunday and after talking with his family immediately made the decision that he wanted to be a Tiger.
"It feels good," Harding tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's all behind me now. Other fans might not like it, but it's what I want. I feel good with Auburn."
Building a relationship with new Auburn assistants Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison in recent weeks by talking with them on the phone, Harding said one of the most exciting things for him about his official visit was having the opportunity to sit down and talk football with them.
"It was a very good impression," Harding says. "They are down to earth men. They know what they are doing and have been doing it for years. They produce players. I want to be the next person they produce that goes to the league. I'm going to work hard and do what I need to do in the classroom and on the field."
One of the things that Harding heard from the Auburn coaches is that they are looking for immediate help at the safety position this fall for the Tigers. Switching to a 4-2-5 defense that will feature three safeties playing at the same time, Auburn's defense needs playmakers in the secondary and Harding says that's what he brings to the table.
"I like my chances to play early," Harding says. "They said they could play me at any of the three positions. I'm at 210 and they said don't get bigger and don't get smaller. I have the speed, the footwork and the techniques. I just have to put in the work now and show them what I can do."
Even though Harding enjoyed everything about his visit and his time spent with the players and coaches, it wasn't a done deal for him and Auburn until he was able to get back home and talk things over with is parents.
"I had to talk to them," Harding notes. "They like me going there and they liked what I told them. They didn't go on the visit with me so I told them what the coaches were like and what the campus was like and everything. They agree that it's home and the place to get my degree."
With his decision made and the recruiting process finished with no more visits planned, Harding says that he's just excited about his choice and the future at Auburn. In love with the tradition of the program, he adds that he can't wait to live it as a player with the Tigers the next four years.
"I can tell how excited everybody is," Harding says of the fans. "They have all been tweeting the heck out of me. All I can say is War Eagle. I love it. We have that same energy at my high school and it gets my energy going. I love playing in front of people and showing them what I can do."