EDMOND — Khari Harding is back home for what's left of a whirlwind summer.
The Edmond Santa Fe defensive back, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's best college football prospects, committed to Arkansas in early June. He went to the Under Armour All-American combine and a Nike Football Training Camp.
But one big highlight of the summer was getting to play for his country.
Harding was one of just two Oklahomans — along with Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Brayden Scott — on the United States' 45-man roster for the International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championship, held from June 30 to July 7 in Austin, Texas.
“It was a real honor to play for my country, and getting to play against other countries from all over the world,” Harding said.
The United States lost in the gold-medal game to Canada, 23-17. Harding said he learned a lot through the experience and feels like he did well for the most part.
“I still felt like I could have done better,” Harding said.
One fan Harding made while in Austin was Scott, who is committed to Memphis and was the USA's team captain and quarterback.
“He's a phenomenal player,” Scott said. “There's not a position he can't play; I'm talking about quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker ... He's a great guy. We developed a relationship and we'll always root for each other no matter what.”