Hardeman Looks to Continue Tradition

If anyone needed proof that an impact of a star player on a program, goes years beyond his last college game, needs to look no further that the Dallas Kimball (Tex.) defensive lineman and the newest member of the maroon ad gold family. DevilsDigest talked to Jameon Hardeman, in his first interview following his Sunday night announcement.

Jameon Hardeman wanted his declaration concerning his commitment to the Sun Devils to come out not before the Sports Sunday show last night in Dallas. However, word leaked out last night that he was headed to Tempe. While he was disappointed that his decision wasn't revealed on his terms, he was elated over the fact that he will be donning the maroon and gold.

"I got along with everyone there," he said of the Sun Devils. "The players, the coaches… (defensive line) coach Monachino is a great recruiter. He laid out everything to me, and answered all the questions I had. I just feel that this was the best place for me to spend the next four years. I'm excited."

Most of the schools he was considering during his recruitment were quite a ways from Dallas. Did Hardeman make a conscious decision not to play in his neck of the woods? "Makes no difference to me," he replied. "When you play for the NFL, you won't be playing close to home (smile)." Speaking of the pros, the defensive lineman admitted that the success of former ASU standout Terrell Suggs, was an aspect ultimately affected his decision. "That shows me that coach Monachino knows what he's talking about," Hardeman explained. "He coached great athletes before, he knows how to get me to the next level and follow in the footsteps of a player like Suggs."

In the last few months, Hardeman was mentioned numerous times, as being the proverbial package deal with best friend and five-star prospect DeMarcus Granger. With Granger going to Oklahoma, this notion never came to fruition. "We would have gone to the same school if the right situation came about," the lineman said. "He liked Arizona State, but he chose the school that was the best for him. He never told anyone about it, but you never know the truth until it's over anyway."

The fact that Hardeman won't be able to play with his good friend, saddens him more on a personal level than a football one." I'm not disappointed that we won't play for the same school," he said, "I'm disappointed that we will be separated. We're best friends, an I'll have to get used not hanging with him like I used to."

Another tough issue that must have been strenuous at times was the lengthily recruiting process. Then again, Hardeman took it all in stride, and proceeded to analyze the whole situation. "There was some pressure," he remarked. "But I enjoyed it. You get wined and dined on the trips, but in the end you still have to make a tough decision. Everybody says that they want you, and you have to tell them that you chose someone else."

Hardeman indicated that he plan to fax his letter around Noon on signing day. If anyone needed proof that an impact of a star player on a program, goes years beyond his last college game, needs to look no further that the Dallas Kimball (Tex.) defensive lineman and the newest member of the maroon ad gold family. DevilsDigest talked to Jameon Hardeman, in his first interview following his Sunday night announcement. Jameon Hardeman wanted his declaration concerning his commitment to the Sun Devils to come out not before the Sports Sunday show last night in Dallas. However, word leaked out last night that he was headed to Tempe. While he was disappointed that his decision wasn't revealed on his terms, he was elated over the fact that he will be donning the maroon and gold.

"I got along with everyone there," he said of the Sun Devils. "The players, the coaches… (defensive line) coach Monachino is a great recruiter. He laid out everything to me, and answered all the questions I had. I just feel that this was the best place for me to spend the next four years. I'm excited."

Most of the schools he was considering during his recruitment were quite a ways from Dallas. Did Hardeman make a conscious decision not to play in his neck of the woods? "Makes no difference to me," he replied. "When you play for the NFL, you won't be playing close to home (smile)." Speaking of the pros, the defensive lineman admitted that the success of former ASU standout Terrell Suggs, was an aspect ultimately affected his decision. "That shows me that coach Monachino knows what he's talking about," Hardeman explained. "He coached great athletes before, he knows how to get me to the next level and follow in the footsteps of a player like Suggs."

In the last few months, Hardeman was mentioned numerous times, as being the proverbial package deal with best friend and five-star prospect DeMarcus Granger. With Granger going to Oklahoma, this notion never came to fruition. "We would have gone to the same school if the right situation came about," the lineman said. "He liked Arizona State, but he chose the school that was the best for him. He never told anyone about it, but you never know the truth until it's over anyway."

The fact that Hardeman won't be able to play with his good friend, saddens him more on a personal level than a football one." I'm not disappointed that we won't play for the same school," he said, "I'm disappointed that we will be separated. We're best friends, an I'll have to get used not hanging with him like I used to."

Another tough issue that must have been strenuous at times was the lengthily recruiting process. Then again, Hardeman took it all in stride, and proceeded to analyze the whole situation. "There was some pressure," he remarked. "But I enjoyed it. You get wined and dined on the trips, but in the end you still have to make a tough decision. Everybody says that they want you, and you have to tell them that you chose someone else."

Hardeman indicated that he plan to fax his letter around Noon on signing day.

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