Hawks Offer Wisconsin OL

One of the big focal points for the University of Iowa football program for 2010 is recruiting on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive end position is perhaps on the front burner of that focus. Iowa recently hosted Kimberly, WI end Mike Hardy.

Mike Hardy is 6-5 and 255 pounds. He has been clocked between 4.8 and 5.1 in the 40-yard dash. Some schools like him as a tight end, while the majority see him as a good rush end. His name is Mike Hardy.

"Coaches tell me that I have a great motor." Hardy says. "They like the way my feet are always moving, and that I never give up on a play."

Those unable to coach traits have garnered a total of six of scholarship offers.

"I started to send out tape over the winter." Mike stated. "Purdue was the first school to offer me. After that, Iowa State and Minnesota offered me at the same time. Then I got an offer from Wisconsin while sitting in the office of Coach (Bret) Bielema."

Since that time, he also earned a scholarship offer from Kirk Ferentz and the University of Iowa.

"He sat down with my family in his office (of Ferentz)." Hardy said. "He told me they were going to offer me. Coach Ferentz is really nice, really down to earth guy. He is a family oriented coach."

Mike says that distance from home is not really an issue for him. He is going to trust the instincts and leadership of his high school coaching staff and that of his family.

"My coaches have been through this before." he says. "They understand the way recruiting works and are friends with a lot of these coaches."

When he visited Iowa City for its Junior Day in April, he did not know he was going to get an offer. His family figured they would stop in and talk with the Hawkeye staff on their way to Ames to speak with the Cyclone coaching staff.

"It worked out to kill two birds with one stone." Mike states. "One thing about the Iowa staff, they are going to be there for a while."

The football coaching staff has contracts that have been extended through the 2015 season. That might weigh into the decision process for Mike and his family.

"They would be there for the whole time that I am." He says. "He told us that he doesn't have any intentions of going anywhere. That makes me feel good about them."

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