'Cats Keeping An Eye On Harding

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Dylan Harding is 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back from Jenks, Okla. the Kansas State coaches are keeping their eyes on. He already holds four offers from Colorado State, Memphis, UTSA and Tulsa.

Harding recently went to Dallas for the Under Amour camp where he performed quite admirably among the nation's best players in attendance. He spoke with KStateFans.com about the trip and the current state of his recruitment heading into the spring.

"It was great to compete against some of the top talent that was there," said Harding. "I felt like I matched up pretty well with those guys. There were about 200 of the best players there last Saturday and I enjoyed the opportunity to go against them and show what I had. It ended at three o'clock and we drove back home right after. We got a flat tire on the way home, but other than that I thought it went pretty well."

Harding received an invitation to Kansas State Junior Day and was going to attend but had to hold off on the visit due to baseball obligations.

"I hadn't been talking to Kansas State much at all," he said. "I did get invited to their Junior Day. I like their program and I'm hope to hear more from them. I also got invited to Alabama's Junior Day. I've been hearing the most from Arizona State and Washington State. I'm also getting a lot of interest from Oklahoma State, Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin."

In his junior season at Jenks, he helped the Trojans to an Oklahoma 6A state championship in 2012. He hopes the momentum he built in his second season as a starter will carry over to his senior year.

"I'd have to say it went pretty well," Harding said on the 2012 season. "I had 65 tackles and six interceptions at safety. I was more of a vocal leader on the team, letting people know where they needed to be lined up. I like to hit people and make big plays. I can step up in the box on run support or make plays with the ball in the air. I'm out there to do my job."

Harding was named All-State honorable mention as well as Academic All-Conference in 2012. Although he's excited about his early offer list he'd like to gain more notoriety by the summer.

"I'd like to make some more visits before I'm ready to do anything," Harding stated. "I want to play for coaches who are interested in me and go to the right place fits me as a player and as a person. I just want to play football, but it will comes down to my relationship with the coach. That's a big thing for me. It's still a long time before I have to decide. I'll lean on my family for help in what I'm going to do when the time comes and make the best possible decision."

Although Jenks lost a lot on offense, Harding believes seven rising seniors on defense will lead to a "stout group." This spring he's enjoy playing baseball, his other athletic passion. He pitches and plays centerfield for Trojans baseball. Harding is coached in football by Allan Trimble, who has had the position for the last 17 years.

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