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.
SOUTHMOORE WRESTLING MAKES HISTORY
Southmoore qualified for the dual state wrestling tournament for the first time in school history with the Sabercats' 35-30 dual victory over Yukon on Thursday night.
The Sabercats join Edmond North (making its fifth straight appearance), Westmoore and Midwest City as the four 6A qualifiers from the west side of the state. Southmoore coach Greg George started the wrestling program five years ago when the school was built.
“The kids we have now are the kids we started with in the seventh grade the very first year,” George said. “We finally made it (to dual state). It's wonderful. It's huge for us. It's been a lot of hours of work but it's all been worth it.”
Southmoore has two former state champions in its lineup. Nathan Marek won the state championship at 160 pounds last season while Zac Damico captured the state title two years ago at 103 pounds. Damico finished third last year.
The four east side schools to qualify for the 6A dual state tournament are Broken Arrow, Tulsa Union, Muskogee and Sapulpa. The 6A dual state tournament is Feb. 9 in Claremore.
EDMOND MEMORIAL SWIMMERS BREAK RECORDS
Two Edmond Memorial swimmers set school records in the Edmond City Championships last week.
Senior Annah Baykal broke a school record that had stood for 31 years when she posted a time of 1:18.97 in the 100-meter breast stroke. The old record was 1:19.10 set in 1982.
Edmond Memorial's Zac Cook also set a new school record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:15.21. Edmond North won both the boys and girls team titles.