"It went good," Butler County Community College's Frantz Hardy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I didn't know how many fans Auburn had. They had the team's back all the way. I've never seen as many people as that. The Tiger Walk, I was amazed. I couldn't believe it."
A 6-1, 170-pounder with blazing speed and good hands, Hardy isn't ready to make a decision just yet, but says that Auburn is in good shape with him after his experience over the weekend. He says he also plans to visit several other schools, but that it will be tough to beat the first one in terms of a school having everything he's looking for.
"That was my first visit, but right now it's looking good," Hardy says. "That's the only school that I've felt comfortable with. I'm going to take it real slow from here on out because I want to make sure I feel comfortable (with my choice). I don't have any other visits scheduled right now, but I'm looking at South Carolina, Florida State and California."
Former Butler teammate and current Auburn defensive back David Irons gave Hardy a tour of Auburn. Hardy was able to see a lot of the campus and town on Friday night and Saturday, and also got a chance to see Auburn's new academic center. That was something he says made the trip even better because of the commitment it shows to academics at Auburn.
"We saw the school and the academic center," Hardy says. "It was real nice. It was big and you can get help with anything you want. It was nice. That's important to me because I'm looking for a school that keeps on you and wants you to succeed in the classroom. They want you to get your stuff right and be right and do everything you need to do."
Hardy also got a chance to talk to several other current players about their experiences at Auburn and some of the things they like about the school. Following the team's 24-6 victory over Georgia several of the players hung out with Hardy and he says that was a highlight of the weekend.
"We hung around with the football players," Hardy says. "I heard what they have to say and how they're having fun. I talked to Kenny Irons, Devin Aromashodu and some other guys. I also talked to the coaches a lot. They're all about work and working hard. If you're not working hard you don't need to be up there."
Under the direction of new coordinator Al Borges, Auburn has flourished on offense and particularly in the passing game. The Tigers are currently second in the SEC in total offense, averaging 431.3 yards per game, and second in scoring offense at 34.2 points per game. Hardy says that Auburn's offensive attack is something that is fun to watch, even if it is built around running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown.
"Auburn has two running backs that are two of the best running backs in the country right now," Hardy says. "When you have players that can make plays like they do you give them the ball. The receivers are going to be there and when you throw them the ball they're going to make plays."
Hardy and his teammates play in the juco national championship game on Nov. 28 against Pearl River Community College out of Mississippi. For the season Hardy has 34 catches for 814 yards and five touchdowns.