Kahri Harding talks K-State visit

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Richard Stover talked with the safety prospect out of Oklahoma to find out about K-State and where they fit in his recruitment.

Khari Harding, out of Edmond-Santa Fe, Okla. in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area, is receiving a lot of attention from Big 12 schools. Kansas State became the first school in the conference to extend an offer last month to the 6-f00t-2, 205-pound free safety.

"Joe Bob Clements offered me on March 1st," said Khari Harding. "He said they liked that I was a head hunter and not afraid in get in the middle of the action. He also said he liked how I was everywhere on the field."

Harding lists six offers, Wyoming, Arkansas State, Houston, Indiana, Arkansas, and Kansas State, and is hearing from and visiting other universities this spring.

"I've been to Junior Days at Kansas State and Oklahoma State," Harding said. "I'm going to Tulsa this weekend for their spring game. In two weeks I'm going to Arkansas's spring game. I'm getting attention from Iowa State and Oklahoma State. They said they'd come see me in the spring and might offer me then. Right now, I have six [offers] and they're all equal. No favorites yet."

Harding took his father, Corrie Harding, a former linebacker a Oklahoma State, to the Junior Day visit to Manhattan.

"They showed us around campus and toured the facilities," said Harding. "They told us how far it was from the football stadium to the player's dorms. Then I got to spend some one-on-one time with the head coach. He told me they liked my style of play, that he can see me as a linebacker or a safety, and that they're going to keep after me and don't want to lose me. One thing he said that I liked was [Kansas State] has the top player graduation rate in the Big 12."

Harding played safety and backup quarterback as a junior for a team that that went 10-2 and made the Oklahoma 6A state quarterfinals.

"On the season I made 71 tackles and three picks," Harding said. "One pick I returned for a touchdown, and one I took back all the way to the eight yard line before they brought me down. I did a better job of talking on the field this year. In the past I was quiet and would keep to myself during the games. The other thing I noticed was my tackling was improved, more sure-handed.

"Next year we're going to have a good team coming back with Trevan Smith, Phillip Sumpter, and Justice Hansen at quarterback. Hansen's good. He's just a sophomore and already has offers from Arkansas and Missouri. We want to get the Gold Ball. Individually, I want to improve on my angles."

If Oklahoma State offers, the competition may be in trouble in pursing Harding. In addition to his father playing there, his cousin, Rodney Harding of CFL fame, also was a Cowboy. Harding wears No. 5 for the Wolves who will begin spring practice on May 14th.

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