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All-State football: Khari Harding turns in another big season

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE DEFENSIVE BACK — Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding played well despite a tumultuous year.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 23, 2012

First, not long after Harding committed to Arkansas, Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino was caught up in a scandal that eventually led to his firing.

Through the coaching changes from John L. Smith to Bret Bielema, Harding remains committed to the Razorbacks.

Later in the year, his father was diagnosed with cancer and Harding spent two weeks with teammate Trevan Smith and his family while Corie Harding was in the hospital.

Harding gives his father much of the credit for turning in him into the player he has become.

“My dad means everything to me,” Harding said. “He's been there for me. He's my biggest critic and says everything I do wrong but he also says all the good too.”

Through that turmoil, though, Harding kept performing.

“Khari is great at staying focused,” Smith said. “A lot went on with him this year and it's probably hard to keep a level head with all that recruiting stuff going on.”

Harding also gives plenty of credit to Smith and his family for helping him through his tough time.

“He and his dad took me in, they fed me and they did everything they could for me while he was in the hospital so that was great,” Harding said.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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