How Did The Bearcats Fair With Hardy?

Eilar Hardy was one of several prospects to be at the Bearcats game against Fresno State on Saturday. The talented 4-star defensive back talked about his experience with Bearcat Insider.

As one of Ohio's top prospects for the Class of 2011, Eilar Hardy knows things are only going to get crazy in the weeks and months to come. While many programs are working hard to finish their recruiting for the Class of 2010, Hardy has learned a lot of programs are trying to get him on campus now. How was his Cincinnati experience?

"It was nice, I had a chance to meet a lot of the coaching staff and they seemed to be real cool. The game was really nice and I also had a chance to meet head coach Brian Kelly for the first time. He was real nice and is a really good coach."

After a Friday night game Hardy and his father had to leave Pickerington, Ohio early to get there around 9:30 in the morning.

"We got there between 9:30 & 10:00 in the morning and took the tour. I've been to UC a couple of times and knew they had nice facilities but this really allowed me the chance to see more of what they have."

While Hardy hadn't attended a game at Nippert Stadium he soon learned what many have over the years about Nipperts special game day experience.

"I'd never been there for a game but the stadium really impressed me. It's not real big but the stands were full and the place was rocking during the whole game. I didn't know if was going to be that crazy but it was nice to see the fans really getting into the game."

When prospects attend games they always look to see if they could see themselves playing for the program of visit. Hardy was quick to answer this question about Cincinnati.

"I really could see myself there for sure. The defense plays real fast and is really good. I watched the defensive back a lot during the game and had spoken with Coach Hinton prior to coming down. He told me they had some injuries at defensive backs and would be playing wide receivers there. If you didn't know it you'd never guess they weren't starters. They really played well."

While Hardy has seen a few campuses he knows it's still early. But with Maryland and West Virginia being the other early offers to join the Bearcats he's sure of one thing when it comes to UC.

"Cincinnati is one of the best schools I've been to and they'll be one of my top schools that I'll be looking at when the time comes."

Coming up next could be a visit to Michigan State as Hardy has been invited to the Spartans game against Michigan this weekend. He'll then look to take in a game at West Virginia and could make a trip back to Cincinnati for the West Virginia game this fall.

Bearcat Insider will continue to follow Eilar Hardy to get the latest on his recruiting.

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