Hardison favoring the Sun Devils

With 30 scholarship offers Marcus Hardison is one of the most coveted junior college defensive linemen in the 2013 class. The Dodge City (Kan.) Community College standout has always been very receptive to Arizona State's recruiting efforts and an official visit to Tempe just further strengthen those sentiments.

The 6-4 290-pound Marcus Hardison visited Arizona State when they played their last home game of the season, a decisive 46-7 win over Washington State. Aside from that contest, the lineman enjoyed some of the sights and scenes that that the valley had to offer.

"The visit was good and I really liked it," Hardison said. "It was an awesome time. I got a tour of the whole school and they showed us around town. It was fun hanging out with the players and my favorite part of the visit was being at the same club where the Miami Heat players were. The city is beautiful and the environment is just great. Nothing really surprised me about the visit because I knew it would be a great time but I was impressed with everything I saw.

"Lavon Hooks (another junior college defensive lineman who visited that weekend) and I hung out a lot and we both said that we could see ourselves playing together there. He's a cool dude. I was hosted by Will Sutton and he had a real good game (versus Washington State). He told me that coaches have a lot of good schemes on defense where they put you in position to make a lot of plays. In the game you could tell the defensive line does a lot of different stuff and I like that a lot because I don't want to do the same thing over and over. When you change things up you keep the offensive linemen thinking and that's a good thing."

Hardison also enjoyed spending time with the ASU coaches who further explained his potential role with the team.

"Coach Randolph said that he likes me at the strong side defensive end," Hardison remarked. "They like how versatile I am and quick off the line so they could move me around on the line. I'm from the South so I just know how to play football.

"All the coaches at Arizona State are straight up good guys. They told me that I can accomplish anything I want on and off the field over there (at ASU) if I'm willing to work hard at it. I don't like when stuff is just given to me so that's fine by me."

Hardison is scheduled to visit West Virginia on December 7th and Kansas State a week later. Since he will now graduate only in the spring he will take an official visit sometime in January to Florida State.

"Arizona State is my top school," Hardison declared. "I still want to take all of my visits before I decide, but that (ASU) visit put them on the top.

"I only have two more years to play (Hardison is a three for two player in terms of eligibility) so I want to go somewhere where I have a chance to play right away. I know I have the talent and I just need to find a school where I can get the playing time and a good education and have the school be in a good location."

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