When Monroe College (NY) cornerback Kamal Hardy committed to Iowa State mid-summer, he did so without ever stepping foot on campus. Relationships alone were enough to direct the JUCO prospect toward his future.
During the weekend, his visit helped confirm those beliefs.
“I loved the fan base the most even though [the game] wasn’t even sold out,” Hardy said. “The relationship with Coach Mo, it was there a lot more than it was before. I was able to watch film with him and see what he wants and his expectations when I come in. [I saw] the coaching staff and team, as a unit, how close they are and how loyal the fans are."
Hardy, who was continuing to draw interest following his July 3 commitment, was previously considering visits to Indiana and Buffalo before signing day, but his visit has now pushed those plans aside.
“I’m 100 percent committed,” Hardy said. “I’m not taking any more visits.”
The Cyclones were the first school in on Hardy when they offered in March during the spring evaluation period, and Indiana, Tulsa and Buffalo have since offered while Arizona State has shown interest.
Iowa State secondary coach Maurice Linguist recruited Hardy out of high school when he was at Buffalo and that relationship carried over to Iowa State. The relationship was strengthened in their face-to-face time during Hardy’s visit.
“He sees a lot of potential in me,” Hardy said.
Hardy will sign with Iowa State in December as a mid-year signee with three years to play three. The Cyclones will do an in-home visit with him next month.
“It’ll help me learn the system a lot better going into the season and I’ll be ahead of players that come in after,” Hardy said of being a mid-year transfer. “My team plays a lot of 40 [scheme], so I should be used to it and then I’m familiar to what he wants, so going there shouldn’t be any trouble.”