Visitor to Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Marcus Hardison established himself as a top player in the Jayhawk Conference in his first season with the Conquistadors of Dodge City, Kansas. Community College. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end, from Punta Gorda, Fla., has seen a big increase in recruiting in the past month, especially from schools in the Big 12.

"It's really picked up in the last two weeks," said Marcus Hardison on his Division 1 offers. "They have been a lot of schools coming in to see me and watch my film. I have offers from Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State all within the last two to three weeks."

Hardison was named Second Team All-Conference on a 3-7 Conquistador team in 2011. He made 46 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble while starting all 10 games on the defensive line. It certainly caught the attention of Kansas State coaches who recruit the Jayhawk Conference vigorously.

"During spring break is when I received the Kansas State offer," Hardison stated. "That was about three weeks ago. I was on the phone with Coach Dickey. He thought I was very explosive. He liked my quickness and athleticism. He said he liked my ability to pass rush the most. I'm probably going up [to Manhattan] this weekend on an unofficial visit."

The only obstacle Kansas State and other Big 12 teams may face when recruiting Hardison is their location. He'd like to play next at a college a little closer to home.

"That's playing in the southeast is important to me because that's home," Hardison said. "I'd like to be closer to my family. If I play at a Florida school it will probably be at USF because they recruited me out of high school. Clemson did too. Arkansas is the only SEC team that's offered, but I'm hearing from Ole Miss and Tennessee.

"I'd like to join a good team with a winning history where I can come in and get playing time. I wanted to make a decision by the end of spring, but I think I'm going to wait it out until during the season so I can take some visits in the fall."

Hardison played for the Charlotte Fightin' Tarpons in high school for head coach Binky Waldrop. He only has two semesters remaining at Dodge City and plans on graduating in December. Hardison says he wants to pursue a major in physical therapy when he gets to a four-year college.

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