On the commitment today from Dylan Harding of Jenks I did a dance inside. I've liked Harding from the first time I spoke with him, and during the process it became very apparent that he wanted to play at Oklahoma State.
He had good offers but Oklahoma State was his focus. Watching him play you saw a skinny (at the time) but very intelligent and physical safety. He covers well, comes up in run support well, and just generally finds his way around the ball or ball carrier and makes plays.
His speed is excellent and the few times he and his Jenks teammates had to chase he took good pursuit angles and got where he needed to.
It would be great if Oklahoma State landed both of the Jenks starting safeties. For all those that felt or rumored there was some sort of problem between Harding and Parker, I think Parker's Twitter response to his teammate's commitment clears all that up.
I just got the news that one of my brothers just committed to osu! Congrats and I might be there with you soon! @dylanharding4
Harding is now added to an Oklahoma group in the 2014 recruiting class that includes the Broken Arrow duo of running back Devon Thomas and linebacker Gyasi Akem as well as Tulsa Washington standout defensive end Jordan Brailford.
The Tulsa area is truly a stronghold for the Cowboys. Those four players will be ones that play for the name on the front of the jersey as well as the back. Harding is the poster child for that spirit. He really wanted to be a Cowboy and wear orange, and that is always special when that lines up in recruiting.
I'll be the first one to say that you can't win recruiting only in the state of Oklahoma because the numbers just aren't there. I will also say that you can't win at Oklahoma State without players from the state of Oklahoma. It's those players that help remind your team why it is so special to wear the uniform and play for the Cowboys.