Four-star standout talks Tigers, The Opening

The Opening is one of the premier football camps of the summer. Several Clemson commits and targets will be headed to Beaverton, Oregon in early July for the finals after passing through regionals recently.

ATH Mecole Hardman Profile

One such Tiger target is 2016 4-star Elbert County High athlete Mecole Hardman (Elberton, GA). Hardman took part in the Charlotte Regional and recently spoke with CUTigers to update his recruitment before he heads northwest for the camp.

“I think hard work was the key to my performance. I just wanted to compete,” explained Hardman. “I don’t want anything handed to me. I wanted to earn it.”

Besides his trip to Oregon, Hardman detailed other parts of what is sure to be a busy summer. “I have the Rivals 5-Star Challenge and a couple college camps and visits.” Hardman continued saying, “Alabama and Ole Miss, maybe.”

Hardman does not yet have a list of favorites, and is still in communication with Clemson as he looks at his list of offers.

“I talk to Clemson every now and then. It’s just a great overall school. The coaching staff is great,” said the junior. “I talk to Coach [Tony] Elliot. They like my ability to change the game.”

As Hardman looks forward to his senior season he plans on taking his time with a commitment to a school. Hardman holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and several other power five schools. “I think I’ll make a decision on Signing Day,” furthered Hardman. “The most important things to me are academics, campus life, the coaching staff and depth.” With his senior season nearing, Hardman has his eyes set high for the upcoming year. “I want to win a championship, of course,” said Hardman. “It’ll take hard work, dedication and the will to win.”

Hardman is 5-foot-11, 165 pounds and has been clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. According to Scout, Hardman is the 12th best athlete in the country and ranks as the No. 4 athlete in Georgia for the 2016 class.

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