Marietta (Ga.) Safety Tyriq Hardimon becomes 10th Cal commit of 2017

Cal adds its third defensive back to the 2017 class, in three-star safety Tyriq Hardimon out of Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter commits ahead of Texas weekend.

Three-star defensive back Tyriq Hardimon has announced his commitment to California this morning, becoming the 10th commitment for the Golden Bears in the 2017 recruiting class.

Hardimon joins Michael Onyemaobi and Je'Quari Godfrey as the third defensive back in the class.

Hardimon -- a 6-foot-1, 193-pound safety out of Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter -- chose Cal over offers from MinnesotaNorthwesternRutgersWest Virginia, Army and Navy, among others. While Hardimon held double-digit offers, it's the Bears that have held his fancy since his visit in April, and as a friend of current Cal cornerback Nygel Edmonds, Hardimon has been in contact with him, cornerbacks coach John Lovett and safeties coach Greg Burns. Hardimon made his California swing in the spring, and in recent weeks has visited both the Scarlet Knights and the Black Knights, as well as the Mountaineers and the Midshipmen.

"He likes how I play aggressive, and they like how I fit their scheme," Hardimon said of head coach Sonny Dykes. "It's a great school, the No. 1 public school, and I can have success after football."

Hardimon wants to major in business financing, and, as with Edmonds, academics played a big role in his decision.

“I'm extremely serious about my academics,” he said. “Football is going to end and I have to be ready to do something after. I want to do something that means something. I'm trying to major in business finances, and that's a great way to understand and learn.”

Our South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons said of Hardimon: "He may look like a cornerback to some, but he is likely a safety on the next level.  He plays with his head up, he has his eyes on the quarterback, and he puts himself into position to make plays on the ball.  He has shown the ability to coverage and he has great awareness.  When it comes to tackling, he has solid technique and he takes good angles to the football."

Last season, Hardimon made 72 tackles, and allowed just 40 receiving yards to his side of the field.

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