“Today was good,” Hardman said. “I finally got a chance to see Auburn. It was my first time there. I got a chance to see them practice and the tempo was nice today. Just seeing everybody and talking to Coach Malzahn and talking to Coach Thompson a little bit, it was just seeing what everybody is about and how the practices go. I also wanted to see how they want to utilize people with my skill. The day went good.”
Even though it was just his first look at the Tigers, Hardman said Auburn is definitely one of the schools on the top of his list early in the recruiting process.
“Auburn is in my top three right now along with Georgia and Tennessee,” Hardman said. “Just going there and seeing it and getting more comfortable with them just makes my interest in them more. I have been Tennessee and Georgia more than I have others so that’s why they are standing out more to me, but I’m definitely coming back to see more and talk to the coaches more and build relationships.”
Building that relationship with the staff is the goal for Hardman as he plans to return to Auburn for either the A-Day Game on April 18 or sometime during the month of May. Although he just had a few hours to spend with the group he said that it gave him plenty of time to get a good feel for everyone.
“They are winners,” Hardman said. “Coach Malzahn is a good Christian and is all about the right thing. That’s very important. He also tells you that academics comes first and you’re a student-athlete. He preaches on that and Coach Craig is the same way. He emphasizes on doing the right thing.”
Being recruited by Auburn as a wide receiver, but with talk of playing him on defense as well, Hardman said he doesn’t have a preference where he plays on the next level. No question he likes offense however and that makes the Tigers a threat because of their style of play.
“It’s the tempo,” Hardman said. “They had a really high tempo. I saw they were pushing to go fast and faster. I saw a lot of excitement with the coaches and how they want to make you better. That’s some of the key things I saw.”