JENKS — Dylan Harding wasn't sure this was possible.
“I always kind of doubted myself up until I got my first offer,” Harding said.
There were plenty more after that first one, but it didn't take long once the right one came in for the Jenks safety to make his decision.
Wednesday, Harding officially signed with Oklahoma State after committing to the Cowboys in late July.
He still spends plenty of time thinking about that first one, though.
A couple weeks after the Trojans won the 2012 state championship, Harding was called into the office at school where he was met by Tulsa assistant Denver Johnson.
“I'm about to change your life,” Johnson told Harding before officially extending the offer.
“Ever since, that's when I realized the sky's the limit,” Harding said. “I knew I needed to put on some weight and I did, got to where I should've been and I got an offer.”
Or, Harding should say, THE offer.
He took a visit to Stillwater in July and soon had that offer from Oklahoma State. He wasted no time, committing to the Cowboys almost immediately.
“He was so excited,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “I just remember him tearing up. It was a lifelong goal for him to play at OSU and I guess he went over and really impressed them.”
Trimble said he could see Harding (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) used in a variety of ways.
“He's got great speed, great length,” Trimble said. “It'll be interesting to see what they do with him. Is he a safety? A linebacker? A receiver? But either way, they're getting a big, tall, good athlete.”
Harding said he needed to add some weight over the next few months before being ready to contribute in Stillwater.
“But I've got to keep my speed,” Harding said. “They recruited me for my speed and my mental game so that's a big thing.
“If I can keep my speed, I'll be safe.”