“I didn't really think I was going to go to the SEC before Arkansas came in,” Harding said. “I committed a week or two after I got the offer because I wanted to play in the SEC and be a part of the SEC. So many great players have come through the SEC and are now in the NFL and doing their thing in the league.
“I felt like I could be that same person one day.”
For the 2014 class, considered one of the deepest in years in the state, 12 SEC programs have offered six different players. Only Kentucky and South Carolina haven't yet offered a player from the state.
Only one of those players, Jenks' Steven Parker, has yet to commit. Parker has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
By Ryan Aber