Hardwick Focused on the Classroom

Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside four-star middle linebacker Deontre Hardwick has drawn interest from several top programs, but must take care of business in the classroom before picking up more offers.

Only one school has jumped on board so far, but Deontre Hardwick will start racking up more offers soon if he takes care of business in the classroom.

While the four-star middle linebacker from Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside has an offer from Arkansas State, he said more schools would follow if he can score a 20 on the ACT, which he is taking Saturday.

Several major programs, such as Arkansas, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, have expressed interest in him. Memphis also visited him at his school earlier this week.

Once he takes care of the ACT, Hardwick (6-2, 240) said he hopes to turn some heads over the spring and summer.

“I don’t really have it planned out yet,” Hardwick said. “I’ll probably go to a lot of camps like I do every year and probably make a few visits.”

Camps at Arkansas, Oklahoma State and TCU are already on his radar.

Although he has not met Arkansas’ new linebackers coach, Vernon Hargreaves, Hardwick said he is excited to meet the man that raised All-American Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.

Until then, he is working on his game by working out in the weight room.

“I’m getting stronger and better every day,” Hardwick said. “Everything can still be improved, but most important is my speed. I have to fly around to the ball.”

Hardwick said that he probably won’t decide on a college until around the 2016 National Signing Day, which is a date his has circled in his calendar.

Seeing several of his teammates sign letters of intent Wednesday has made him even more ready.

“I was proud of all of my teammates that signed,” Hardwick said. “It just makes me excited because that will be me next year.”

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