"[My Father] also liked it a lot. He likes the new feel around the U of M. He is very excited for this upcoming season."
While 6-foot, 300-pounder didn't get to talk with the Gopher head coach, he was able to watch and learn from his would-be position coach, Jeff Phelps.
"Coach Phelps puts a very big emphasis about being low on the defensive line," he said. "So I just learned that I should work more on that."
Although the hometown Gophers have yet to extend an offer to the talented defensive tackle, Harden recently landed his first scholarship offer.
"I just received a verbal [offer] from North Dakota," he said.
The Fighting Sioux aren't the only team pursuing the Cretin-Derham Hall lineman.
"Wyoming recently came in," Harden said. "I also just received a junior day invite from UNI and a couple handwritten [letters] from Michigan and Michigan State.
Harden said he plans to attend the Minnesota spring game on April 23.