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High school notebook: Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding ready for SEC

After being committed to Arkansas for months, Edmond Santa Fe safety Khari Harding wrestled with his decision before switching his decision to Auburn earlier this month.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 27, 2013
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After being committed to Arkansas for months, Edmond Santa Fe safety Khari Harding wrestled with his decision before switching his decision to Auburn earlier this month.

“I'm tired,” Harding said last week. “I'm glad it's over. It was back and forth every day.”

In addition to his already-established relationships with Auburn's coaches, who recruited him when they were at Arkansas State, the Tigers' three-safety defense was a huge draw.

“It's about getting a chance to get on the field as soon as possible and that defense is the best way to do it,” Harding said.

Wearing an Auburn shirt and hat to a recent Edmond Santa Fe basketball game, Harding is already versed in the Iron Bowl rivalry.

“I want to beat Alabama,” Harding said. “That's what I'm telling everybody I talk to about it. I can't wait.”

YUKON PLAYERS COMMIT

Four Yukon football players have verbally committed to NCAA Division II colleges in recent days, including Big All-City running back A.J. West.

West, who had quit football after junior high, returned to the team for his senior season and rushed for more than 1,700 yard sand 15 touchdowns. He committed to Emporia (Kan.) State, where former Yukon quarterback Corben Jones currently plays.

Kelly Wortham, a two-year starter on the offensive line, committed to Pittsburg (Kan.) State.

Brandon Andraszek, who started at linebacker and receiver for the Millers the last two years, committed to play linebacker at Southwestern in Weatherford. And another two-year starter, linebacker Blake Biggs, is bound for Arkansas to play at Henderson State.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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