Name: Anthony Harding
School: John H. Pitman
Stats: 198 carries for 1710 yards and 22 TDs
Honors: 1st Team All
Height: 6'0 Weight: 205
Breakdown: (5 minute highlight and 1 full game)
Anthony plays wingback in Pitman's Wing-T offense and will plays tailback when they line up in the I formation. His coach likes to take advantage of his speed by sending him in motion and giving him the ball to the outside, hitting the corner and heading down the sidelines for some long runs. His speed (4.79 at the Scout.com Berkeley combine) on film is very good at the high school level but I do not know if he will be able to get to the edge like he does now in college.
What impressed me the most on tape was Harding's vision and ability to set up and use his blockers. He is very patient in allowing his blocks, even in the open field, to set up. And when these blocks do set up, he shows good ability to cut behind the blocker to gain the extra yards. Please do not misinterpret Anthony's patience as tip-toeing through the hole because this is not the case. He shows good ability to hit the hole and in the open field is where he shows the ability to use his blockers to his advantage. Also on tape Anthony showed good passing catching skills out of the backfield on dumps and on screens. He uses his hands to catch the ball and then tucks it away. He also did not fumble in the game I saw and also had a very nice kickoff return.
There are a few things that Anthony needs to work on. The first thing that stuck out on film has his blocking. I really feel this is the part of his game he needs to improvement on most, both pass and run blocking. I would also like to see a little better hustle when he is not getting the ball and really carrying out fakes better. At 6' and over 200 pounds, Harding is a pretty big back. He did use a stiff arm and lowered his shoulder a few times on tape but I also viewed him duck out of bounds a few times instead of finishing off the run and really punishing the defenders. I feel he should take advantage of his size a little better.
All of that being said, I thought Harding was a good back on film. If I were a college recruiter, he might not be a kid I would have to offer right away but he would be a kid who I would definitely follow up on during his senior year. I think with a solid senior season, similar to his junior year, I could see a mid-major giving him a shot. I see him as a little bit of a ‘tweener, I don't know if he is fast enough to be a flat-out speed guy in college but he did not consistently show the traits of power back either. If he improves on either his speed or finishing, again I could see a mid-major giving him a shot.
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