Hardison taking his time

With close to 25 offers suffice to say that Marcus Hardison? is one of the most coveted junior college prospects in the 2013 class. His various suitors have been trying to stand out among their peers, and thus far Arizona State is one program that has been able to pique the interest of the Dodge City (Kan.) defensive lineman.

"Recruiting with Arizona State couldn't be better," Hardison said. "I'm getting recruited by Coach Lanning and Coach Randolph and I talk to them a lot. I also talked to Coach Graham a couple of times. There are really cool to talk to.

"They told me that if I came there I could make an early impact on the team. They like how I can play every position on the defensive line (he is being recruited by the Sun Devils as a defensive end), and they also like my quickness and explosiveness off the line. Playing against double teams and recognizing offenses are some things I need to improve on."

Thus far Hardison, who has never been to Tempe before, has been familiarizing himself with Arizona State through online research and obviously watching their games on TV.

"I can tell that they are in cool city (Tempe)," Hardison commented, "and that they offer a good education. I just want to get out there and see everything for myself.

"I got to watch a couple of games and I really like how the defense plays. They really get after it and give the offense a lot of different looks."

As a freshman in 2011, the 6-4 290-pound Marcus Hardison who reported a 40-yard time of 4.7 seconds, posted 46 tackles and three sacks from his defensive end position. In the last two contents he has moved to the defensive tackle position, a position change that he has welcomed. He is however disappointed in Dodge City's 0-6 record to date.

Needless to say that his team's futility hasn't hurt Hardison?'s recruitment one bit.

"I already visited Texas Tech," Hardison? remarked, "and I will visit Arizona State when they play Washington State. I will probably get some other visits scheduled this week. I don't have a short list and I'm kind of open to seeing other schools.

"Florida State, Mississippi State, Arkansas are some schools I may visit, but I'm not sure yet."

Hardison is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season. Even though he is expected to sign with the school of his choice in just over two months from now, he doesn't feel pressured to make his decision in the near future.

"I'm going to wait it all out," Hardison noted. "I might take other visits (after ASU). I want to make sure that I go to a team that I will play early."


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