Track Star Awaits Clemson Offer

In this report, Allen Wallace catches up with North Carolina running back Montario Hardesty, a prospect that has already picked up three scholarship offers in the recruiting process.

RB Montario Hardesty
6-2, 180, 4.5
New Bern High School
New Bern, North Carolina

Montario Hardesty (6-0, 196, 4.5) of New Bern (N.C.) rushed for 2050 yds on 256 carries for 19 TDs as a junior. He also had 12 catches for 304 yds and three TDs. Montario benches 335, squats 475 and has a VJ of 38.

"I have good vision and see where the holes are. I use my speed good. Also on defense I'm not afraid to come up and hit," said Hardesty. "I want better 40 speed and better hands, especially catching the ball in the backfield."

Montario favors North Carolina St (offer) slightly over Florida St, Notre Dame, North Carolina (offer), Clemson and Virginia Tech. East Carolina has also offered.

"I always loved Florida St. I love the crowds and they were always good when I was young. I liked North Carolina St a lot too. They are close to home and my dad always like them. They are only about two hours away. I really like the coaches there and the football team is doing really well."

Montario also has two cousins that attend North Carolina State, but they do not play any sports there. The Wolfpack are recruiting Montario as a safety and he says they are recruiting him the hardest. His first offer, however, was from North Carolina and the Tar Heels want him as a RB. East Carolina is also recruiting Montario for offense, while Florida St is showing interest in him at CB.

"I prefer RB because that's what I've always played. I like defense, but RB is my main position."

He attended JR days at Clemson and North Carolina St, and has several camps planned. "I'm gonna try to go to all the in-state camps and hopefully I'll get to Florida St too.

"I want to go to a team that is motivated to win and where all the players are dedicated to the team."

Montario is also being recruited for track (10.36-100m/21.65-200m/50.0-400m). "I haven't thought about track in college. I'm not sure. I might do both."

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