Hardy, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back from Monroe College (NY), netted his first offer, from Iowa State, in late March and has since drawn offers from Tulsa, Buffalo and North Texas as well as varied interest from an array of Power 5 schools.
“Iowa State, they’re most definitely right now the No. 1 school,” Hardy told AllCyclones.com. “I plan on making my top-3 or top-5 to get it out of the way going into the season. I’m just waiting for the other schools that are interested to offer.”
Other schools to show interest in the JUCO prospect are Miami, Florida State, Arizona State and California. Hardy has already made a trip to meet with coaches at Miami, and has at least two visits scheduled for the summer.
The defensive back will visit Iowa State on June 20 and also plans to visit Tulsa at some point during the summer, as well.
“Visits I will for sure be doing over the summer and talking to coaches about it,” Hardy said. “I’m trying to do all my visits during the summer and maybe and an official visit at the end of the season and also an official visit during my bye week.”
Hardy was recruited out of high school by Iowa State secondary coach Maurice Linguist when he was at Buffalo. That connection has now carried over to Iowa State and Hardy’s time in New York.
Since Iowa State extended an offer in March, Linguist visited Hardy in recent weeks to take in Monroe’s spring game. The conversation, Hardy said, was similar to ones the two have had in the past.
“We’re going to get more into it as I go visit them. It was basically the same thing, he just repeated himself,” Hardy said. “I get a good vibe from Coach Mo and that’s the biggest thing going into Iowa State or going to any other school.”
Hardy plans to commit sometime after his bye week next season, which he pointed out comes during September. For now he is focused on adding more offers and making his visits in the coming weeks.
“Right away we’re going to be talking about the depth chart. It’s a business decision,” Hardy said of his visit to Iowa State.. “I’m going to try to talk to the defensive coordinator also, see if I can build a relationship with him. I want to see more of the facilities, see the players and talk to them.”