Marist – Atlanta, Ga.
No. 31 overall player in the country
No. 72 OL in the country
No. 43 overall player in Georgia
Sage Hardin is about as Bulldog as they come.
“For about a year now, it has been a dream of mine to suit up and play for the University of Georgia," Hardin said. "As soon as I got the Georgia offer, I was almost sold that I wanted to become a Dawg.”
Hardin, a three-star offensive lineman out of Marist in Atlanta, picked Georgia because of his proximity to his family - who are also big Bulldog fans - and because it offered everything he could hope for in a school.
“I believe Georgia has one of the best if not the best coaching staffs in America. Not only that but the facilities are pristine,” said Hardin. “Georgia doesn't like nor does it accept failure and losing. I love that.”
On top of all that, Hardin wishes to pursue a degree in business and appreciates that Georgia’s Terry College of Business can offer him a top-notch academic opportunity.
Though he picked up offers from a handful of other schools, Hardin committed to the Bulldogs the summer of 2014 and never wavered on that decision—even when his coordinator and position coach left just a couple months before signing day.
Like many young offensive linemen, Hardin will need to get a bit bigger and adjust to the collegiate dynamic at the line. But with the high probability of him redshirting his freshman year, he can take the time to develop into what offensive line coach Rob Sale is looking for and learn behind the current experienced line.
“The Bulldog nation will be getting a tough, smart, athletic kid who will give it 100% effort all the time and will do whatever it takes to better suit this program and to win football games,” Hardin said.
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 57 OL nationally, No. 20 OL in the South… Dawg Post #43 ranked player in Georgia… PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect; No. 243 player in the country… 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAA offense… 2014 DCFCA First Team All-Region
SCOUTING: Offensive lineman who plays out of the four-point stance a lot in his high school offense. Can really fire off the ball and drive opponent off the ball. Much stronger run blocker at this time. Hasn't had much work in pass pro. Good feet and good flexibility. Plays Lacrosse, so good athleticism and toughness. True warrior in the trenches. Coachable, good length, and upside. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Which spot on the offensive line will Hardin lineup at?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: I like Sage Hardin. I don’t want to hear about how he’s not perfect right now - get over yourself. No, he’s not perfect; neither was Dennis Roland. Hardin has measurables. He could very well end up the left tackle of the future in Athens. He’s going to have to develop - yes. One issue for Hardin is that he’s going to have to get used to playing in something other than a four-point stance. That’s the part that is going to take some time. But I liked what I saw when I saw Hardin live. He just needs time.