The 6-2 and now a solid 190-pound Harding really wanted to be at Oklahoma State and he did what it took to earn the offer from the Cowboys.
Harding is a hard-hitting safety for Jenks who had 75 tackles and four interceptions last season as a junior and is also a stellar baseball player for the Trojans. He said he always stayed in touch with OSU and he did what he needed to impress the Cowboys.
"I had conversations through the spring with Coach (Tim) Duffie and Coach (Jason) Ray and they wanted me to come to their camp," added Harding. "I went to the camp on June 8th and it was the only camp that I went to this summer."
Harding, as we reported, ran extremely well timing several times in the speed development drills and he was under 4.5 in every sprint.
He was also asked by multiple schools that offered about putting on weight and said he did that as well focusing more on the weight room in the summer and only playing in one baseball showcase. Harding had offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Iowa State, North Carolina, Memphis, Texas Tech, Oregon State, and Tulsa.
"I put on a solid eight pounds this summer and now when I weight I'm between 189 and 192 pounds every time," said Harding.
After all that this summer and continued contact with Duffie, Ray, and also OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, what he wanted to happened came through this morning.
"Coach Duffie called and he asked me how long it might take for me to commit," explained Harding. "I got off the phone called my dad and talked about it with him and within 10 minutes called Coach Duffie back and committed. I talked to him and then they gave me a number for Coach Gundy and I called him and thanked him and told him I couldn't wait to get there next year."
It was less than 20 seconds after getting off the phone with Gundy that Harding had his own tweet announcing on Twitter that he was committed to Oklahoma State.
So what about baseball because he has been told he is talented enough to pitch at the college level? "I'm 100 percent football," said Harding. "I will play baseball next spring (at Jenks), but I'm really devoted to football in college."
Now he is devoted to his senior season at Jenks. Guess who the Trojans open up defense of their championship with? They will play at Southlake Carroll in Texas taking on Euless Trinity, and Harding will see one of his future teammates in Trinity guard Lemeafe Galea'i.
"I can't wait, can't wait to get started," finished Harding.
Harding will be on Triple Plays Sports Radio on Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends on Thursday at 10:05 a.m.