Since Kamal Hardy's commitment to Iowa State on the eve of the Fourth of July nearly four months ago, the Monroe College (NY) cornerback has been wanting to visit his future school in the heart of the country.
Hardy, a 6-foot junior college cornerback who holds offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Tulsa and Buffalo among others, had planned to visit in late June before airline tickets skyrocketed and later got caught up with the hectic shedule of football season. Finally, Hardy is set to land in Ames for his official visit Friday through Sunday.
Despite his summer commitment, there has been some curiosity about the strength of Hardy's verbal commitment as the JUCO cornerback has made it clear he is still listening to other schools and considering other visits. He expects his trip to Iowa State to lock in that four-month-old commitment.
"I haven’t been there yet, so it should make [my commitment] official," Hardy said. "I was telling my dad I’ll probably still visit one more or two more schools, but it probably won’t change my mind. [The visit] should make [my commitment] official."
Hardy, who has also garnered interest (but no offer as of yet) from Arizona State, expects to potentially take up to two other official visits before signing at the mid-year date in December with three years to play two.
"The only other schools that I have spoken to are Indiana, Buffalo and Arizona State. I’ve been talking to Indiana and Buffalo more than Arizona State," Hardy said. "Most likely I’m probably going to visit Indiana and Buffalo, but as I said, seeing how this visit goes, I don’t think anything is going to change [with my commitment]."
The Cyclones have been in on Hardy for awhile, handing him his first offer in March during the spring evaluation period. Hardy was recruited out of high school by Iowa State secondary coach Maurice Linguist when he was at Buffalo, and that relationship has translated after Hardy went the JUCO route.
Hardy remains in close contact with Linguist, but has also developed a relationship with coach Paul Rhoads since his commitment.
"I’ve been talking to Coach Rhoads quite often and talking about some of the losses they’re taking and the depth and about me coming up there," Hardy said. "I’m most definitely excited, I’ve been [waiting to visit] for so long."
Finally, after four months, Hardy will get his first look at Iowa State.
"[I want to see] basically if I see myself there for two years, what I’m getting out of it, playing time, the fanbase," Hardy said. "I most definitely want to see [the fanbase] because everybody always talks about it and I want to experience it."