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.