Sunday, July 28, 2013
DB Harding eyeing 4; Pac-12 visit coming
By Damon Sayles
Three-star safety Dylan Harding (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), a two-sport standout, has more than a dozen college football offers. He’s slowly turning his attention from a busy summer of baseball into another season on the gridiron.
As an incoming senior, that means setting official visits. And narrowing college choices. And, ultimately, choosing the school that best fits him.
Harding, a standout baseball pitcher in the spring and summer when he isn’t excelling in the secondary in the fall, said he’s working on setting up official visits as the 2013 season approaches. He currently has schools such as Tulsa, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Oregon State high on his list, and so far, he is looking at one school for an official visit.
“I plan on taking a visit to Arizona State,” Harding said. “It’s undecided on what date I’ll be going. I’m thinking about the game against USC, which is on Sept. 28.
“Right now, I’m just waiting to see what other officials I’m going to take. I really haven’t taken many [unofficial] visits except for Tulsa.”
Harding added that he is receiving interest from Oklahoma State. While the Cowboys haven’t offered, Harding said they’ve consistently been in contact.
Harding, at 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, classifies himself as a physical defender who likes to hit and make plays when the ball is in the air. Harding said coaches are a fan of his physical nature, as well as the way he reacts on the run.
No timetable is set on when Harding will make a decision or finalize his official visits. He does, however, have an idea of the attributes a winning school will have.
“A good coaching staff is definitely going to be a part of it,” Harding said. “I want to go in and play as soon as possible, so that’ll be a part of it. Of the schools, they are all wining schools, so the biggest thing is having a staff that wants you as bad as you want to play for them.
“Right now, the schools I’m looking at are the ones looking at the hardest. I’m still taking some schools into consideration.”