#4 Collin Harding lowers his head (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Manchester WR Collin Harding quiets skeptics, commits to East Carolina University
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Sometimes in life we accrue minor setbacks that set the pace for a major comeback. If anyone understands the heart of the above mentioned phrase it’s Manchester wide receiver Collin Harding (2019 WR/DB 6-1 155). The Lancers product only played in 10 games last season and he made each and every last one of them count. Manchester finished the season undefeated and capped off an exceptional run with a 49-7 victory over Freedom (Woodbridge) for its first Class 6A state championship in school history.
Harding was a crucial component for the Lancers in their victory racking up 78 yards on three receptions and two back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. Only a little over a handful of collegiate programs took the time and energy to focus on the recruitment of Harding which included: Temple, James Madison, William and Mary, Towson, Elon, Virginia Tech and UVA-Wise among others. However, it was East Carolina that stepped up in the final hour and offered him an opportunity to make an impact for the Pirates.
“Through all the ups and downs in my life I am very blessed and excited to be making this decision. After a lot of deep thoughts and conversations, I have decided that I will be continuing my education and football career at East Carolina University,” Harding explained via a statement on Twitter.
Despite playing in limited action, Harding was able to accumulate 365 yards on 15 receptions and eight touchdowns. He was also a contributor on special teams pulling in six punts for 92 yards which was only second to Liberty commit Kei’Trel Clark. For his troubles he was awarded All-State, All-Region, All-Metro, and All-804 recognition. Harding also doubled on the also hardwood for the Lancers as well as Sincere Adams, Alston Robinson, and Brandon Majette. During his senior season, Harding averaged 21 points per contest and garnered All-Region honors.
– Brandon Mitchell