As with any official visit, dinner was just the first chance Harding had to interact with the coaches, players, and support staff that will be helping him over the next four or five years. The next day he spent time on the usual tours and interviews.
"It was really good to learn about the whole program and to just meet the people involved with it all - the coaches, the other players, the trainers, the academic people...it all just reaffirmed why I knew I made the right choice picking Duke."
Before attending his official visit, Harding had a chance to participate in the Under Armor All-American event - one of the top prep football all-star games in the country. There went from invited late addition to starting the game against some of hte best prospects around.
"It was a great way to play some of the best and a great way to know that you have to go out and compete every time you are on the field as you go up a level in your career. I am really looking forward to taking that to Duke. And I think the coaches are looking forward to having me in."
That's an understatement as Cutcliffe and his staff will be looking to heavily overhaul and reinforce the offensive line for 2009 - which could see Harding competing for a rotational spot as a true freshman along the offensive line.
"The coaches are committed to winning and they are going to make big strides at Duke. I am excited to be part of it and I will do whatever they need in order to move forward and help get there. This weekend there was a lot of excitement in and around the program. It's infectious."