Hardy Wants to be a Buff

The Colorado football program needs a serious influx of talent at the wide receiver position. It recently hosted a visit with a junior college wide receiver who says he'd like to join the program. So what's the problem here? Get inside for more.

Jewel Hardy, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver from Compton Community College said he loved his trip to Colorado last weekend and would commit to be a Buff immediately if he had a scholarship offer.

"Absolutely," Hardy said. "It's the Big 12. I know I would be around some good players and a good team. The city is nice, the whole state really. We toured around Denver and Boulder and the scenery was just like amazing."

Hardy said he expects to hear from CU coaches by the end of the week and might know then whether the offer is extended or if he will have to investigate other options.

Hardy said he is also being recruited by Washington, where he hopes to visit in the next two weeks, Bowling Green and Akron.

CU coaches are awaiting word from other wide receiver recruits on where they plan to attend college. If several of those players choose other programs, Hardy will likely receive an offer. If those players choose to be Buffs, Hardy might end up elsewhere.

Hardy said he was hosted by CU wide receiver Scotty McKnight. He said his favorite part of the visit was just hanging out and getting to know some of the current players.

Hardy said CU wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau began recruiting him in October and they have developed a good relationship.

"He's a real nice laid-back guy," Hardy said. "He's just like real approachable basically."

Hardy said he wasn't exactly sure of his final statistics from last season. Compton CC finished 4-6 and suffered through a lot of injuries, he said.

Hardy said his height is one of his best assets. He said he also has decent speed. He reports a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds.

Hardy's teammate Markish Jones, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver, also visited Colorado last week. Hardy said Jones already has received a scholarship offer from the Buffs and is mulling his options. Hardy said the two would like to play together, but that is not a big factor in their upcoming decisions.

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