Bloomington – The ‘Wow' factor won over Drew Hardin.
After turning in head-turning performance an IU one-day camp in June, the 6'0", 180-pound Louisville Ballard H.S. product couldn't help but be impressed when he toured the program's new facilities during his time in town.
"Right when I walked in and saw the weight room, the meeting rooms, I was like, ‘Wow,'" Hardin said about the Memorial Stadium renovation. "I couldn't believe what they had done, and the thought of coming in next year with that was really appealing."
Hardin will now have that opportunity. Indiana extended a scholarship offer to Hardin on July 17, and the defensive back accepted IU's offer late last month. In doing so, Hardin picked the Hoosiers over interest from Cincinnati and Louisville.
"I like the (IU) staff, they're young and energetic," Hardin said. "They also have one of the top business schools, and that really opened my eyes."
Hardin, meanwhile, opened the eyes of his recruiting coach Dennis Springer with his play last year at Ballard, and then did the same for the rest of the IU staff during a one-day camp. He could play just about anywhere in the secondary once he gets to IU next fall.
"They recruited me to play safety, but they think I could play corner, too," Hardin said. "They said I'm really quick and bigger than most guys at my position. They also like the way I hit and they think I have a nose for the ball."
That nose for the ball resulted in eight interceptions during his junior season at Ballard, and Hardin is hoping to follow that up with an even more successful senior season. Having his college decision out of the way will free him up from having to worry about that during the next four months.
"Now was a good time for me to commit because once you get to September, schools have moved on a little bit and are thinking about the junior class," Hardin said. "I really liked IU all along, and I didn't think I'd find anywhere else that I'd fit in any better."
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