Hardy, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back, spent last season as a freshman at Monroe College and is now drawing interest from another school as he gears up for his sophomore season and a Division I commitment. That interest turned into an Iowa State offer last week.
“As the season went on, we stayed in contact and the interest became bigger at the end of the season,” Hardy told AllCyclones.com of Iowa State. “I sent them my transcripts, I spoke to Coach [Paul] Rhoads and he was excited about my film. They ended up offering me on Wednesday.”
Hardy was recruited out of high school by Linguist when he was at Buffalo, and the two have remained in contact since then while Linguist became Iowa State’s secondary coach and Hardy opted for junior college.
“He was telling me about the depth at the DB position and he said going after a junior corner was the best idea at the moment,” Hardy said of Linguist. “He was telling me they have two juniors and two seniors, so they need corners.”
Hardy, who has also drawn interest from Ohio and Tulsa, said he is looking at a possible unofficial visit on April 11 for Iowa State’s spring game. That could be followed by an official visit this summer or during the fall for a game.
The defensive back has also drawn recent interest from Ohio and Tulsa, which could soon become his second offer. He doesn’t have a clear timeline for his recruitment as it begins to heat up, but he knows what he’s looking for.
“First things first, I’m looking for academics. Academics mean more than anything, because after football you have to do something,” Hardy said. “I’m looking at the depth, me going in there and making an impact early at that school.”
The current plan for Hardy is to graduate in December and be a mid-year transfer with three years to play two.
“You have to choose wisely,” Hardy said. “There’s no best team, nobody is in the front. I’m just taking the recruiting process slow and I’ll probably make my decision during the season as I’m going to graduate in the summer.”