Auburn Makes Up Ground On 4-Star Athlete

Speedster Mecole Hardman talks about his trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and why the Tigers made a move for him.

Elberton, Ga.--One of the top athletes in the nation, four-star Mecole Hardman was back on the Auburn campus for Big Cat Weekend recently and left impressed by the Tigers. Enjoying the atmosphere and the chance to visit with coaches and other top prospects, Hardman said the experience went very well.

“It was great,” Hardman said. “Big Cat Day lived up to what everybody said it would be. I had a great time interacting with the coaches and some of the top players there. I just had fun. It was laid back and relaxed, it was real cool.”

Being recruited on both sides of the ball because of his combination of speed, quick feet and ball skills, Hardman said that’s the case with the Tigers as well. While both offense and defense are a possibility if he signs with Auburn, there’s no doubt Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson are going to put up a fight to keep him if he winds up on the Plains.

“Me and T Rob probably spent the most time together,” Hardman said. “Me and him had a real good talk on Friday and Saturday. Really nothing stood out, but he just wanted me to know he wants me on the defensive side of the ball where he’s at.

He’s really interested in me at corner and wants me on that side of the ball, but also on the offensive side of the ball they want me as well. Me and T Rob had a great time over the two days and built or relationship. Everything went good.”

With Georgia and Tennessee his favorites since early in the spring, Hardman said the Bulldogs and Vols are still up there, but Gus Malzahn’s Tigers made a big jump after getting a look at things for Big Cat Weekend.

“Auburn is right at the top with Georgia and Tennessee,” Hardman said. “They are right at the top with them. This visit showed me a lot. I learned a lot about how the players do the academics there and what they expect from all the players. I had a great time with Coach Malzahn and talking to him. My parents loved it too, so they’re right at the top.

“Auburn made up a lot of ground,” he added. “They’re right there with Georgia and Tennessee. It’s now a little battle between all three of them. We’re just going to see going forward who stands out the most.”

Saying that he’s going to take his time before making a decision, Hardman said he’s planning on taking additional visits to all three of his favorites over the summer.

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