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Super 30: Khari Harding enjoys chance to play for his country

Edmond Santa Fe defensive back was one of just two Oklahomans to play in International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championship.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 16, 2012
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photo - Khari Harding poses for a photo with his silver metal and Team USA jersey at Wantland Stadium at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., Monday, July 16, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
Khari Harding poses for a photo with his silver metal and Team USA jersey at Wantland Stadium at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., Monday, July 16, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

EDMOND — Khari Harding is back home for what's left of a whirlwind summer.

The Edmond Santa Fe defensive back, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's best college football prospects, committed to Arkansas in early June. He went to the Under Armour All-American combine and a Nike Football Training Camp.

But one big highlight of the summer was getting to play for his country.

Harding was one of just two Oklahomans — along with Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Brayden Scott — on the United States' 45-man roster for the International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championship, held from June 30 to July 7 in Austin, Texas.

“It was a real honor to play for my country, and getting to play against other countries from all over the world,” Harding said.

The United States lost in the gold-medal game to Canada, 23-17. Harding said he learned a lot through the experience and feels like he did well for the most part.

“I still felt like I could have done better,” Harding said.

One fan Harding made while in Austin was Scott, who is committed to Memphis and was the USA's team captain and quarterback.

“He's a phenomenal player,” Scott said. “There's not a position he can't play; I'm talking about quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker ... He's a great guy. We developed a relationship and we'll always root for each other no matter what.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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Super 30 bio

No. 6: Khari Harding

School: Edmond Santa Fe

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

Position: Defensive back

Recruited by: Committed to Arkansas; also has offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Memphis, Oregon State and Wyoming.

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