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Q&A: DB Khari Harding open to Sooners

Most of the attention for Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe surrounds 2014 quarterback Justice Hansen. Already with offers from Arkansas and Missouri, the sophomore Hansen is expected to be one of the top signal-callers of his class.

But the talent doesn’t end with Hansen. Oklahoma was able to get a good luck at some of the school's talent as it pursued 2012 signee defensive end Michael Onuoha.

Sandwiched in between those two classes are several quality 2013 recruits, including linebacker/safety Khari Harding.

Harding, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, has picked up offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State and Kansas State in the last month.

SoonerNation: You weren’t on many people’s radar last month, but things have certainly changed. How much fun has this last month been for you?

Khari Harding: It has been very exciting. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know some of these coaches at these schools. It means a lot to me to even be considered.

SN: How would you describe your relationship with the OU coaches?

Harding: So far not much has been said. I don’t really have a relationship with them. I would definitely be open to hearing from OU. I’m still waiting to hear from them. I’m leaving myself wide open and will explore all possibilities.

SN: What do you like about the Sooners?

Harding: I really like some of their players. Running back Roy Finch is somebody I admire and like to watch. Back when receiver Malcolm Kelly was on the team, he was always one of my favorites.

SN: Have you been able to make any junior days?

Harding: Yeah, I was able to get to a lot. I went to Kansas State. I was invited to Missouri but couldn’t make it. I also went to both junior days at Oklahoma State. I’m just trying to get my name out there as much as possible.

SN: You’re kind of in that hybrid role of a linebacker or a safety. What are most schools looking at you in terms of position?

Harding: Most schools are looking at me as a free safety. I can play either position. I’m comfortable wherever, but free safety has been the popular choice.

SN: What have you been working on since the end of last season?

Harding: I’ve been really working on my speed. I think if I can get my speed up, even more teams will notice what I can do. I’ve noticed the difference, but I want a chance to show people what I can do.

SN: Last season was a huge year as a team, going from 1-9 to 10-2 and district champions. What did that success mean?

Harding: There is no comparison at all from the first two years to last year. We felt like a real team that cared about each other. Next year is going to be even better. There are so many of us who have been playing together for a long time and this will be our final year. We’re going to make something special happen.