2014 cornerback Chris Hardeman only surrendered one touchdown in his junior season, but unfortunately for him, it came in the game that ended his team's season.
Hardeman allowed that lone score in his Alief Taylor team's 30-14 loss to Lamar in the second round of the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs. That wasn't the only reason his team lost, but that letdown still stung 24 hours later.
"We just didn't come out and play as we should have played," he said.
Though the disappointment of that loss still hurt a day later, Hardeman was able to find the positives in his season as a whole.
"My junior year went real well," Hardeman said. "I only gave up one touchdown and it was yesterday. I felt like I had a good season. I wish we would have gone deeper in the playoffs, but I felt like I performed well this year."
Confident from his personal success, Hardeman still understands he has room to improve. He mentioned working on different types of coverages and cleaning up his backpedal.
"I'm the type of guy that knows he can get better at everything," Hardeman said.
One of the first members of LSU's Class of 2014, Hardeman said he's still firmly committed to the Tigers. Everything he enjoyed about LSU when he announced his commitment this summer still applies.
"Just the fact that LSU is the place for me," Hardeman said. "Everybody knows its DBU with all the DBs that get to the NFL. I have a good relationship with the coaches. I felt it was the right place for me, so why not pull the trigger early and get the ball rolling."
Hardeman said he speaks with LSU coaches at least once a week, and talks most frequently with Thomas McGaughey and Derrick Raymond.
And despite his firm commitment, he still hears frequently from other coaches across the country. Hardeman said Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Baylor and Texas A&M reach out to him most often.
"They're just telling me they would love to have me at their school," Hardeman said. "They're not going to stop recruiting me. They feel like I'm a good player, and they want me in their program. They respect the fact that I'm committed to LSU, but they have to recruit me and do what they have to do."
Hardeman made two visits to schools during the fall. He made the short trip to College Station for the Aggies' game against Florida, and attended LSU's game against Towson for his first experience in Tiger Stadium.
"It wasn't the biggest game, but the fans came out there and supported them," Hardeman said.
Hardeman plans to take many more visits in the spring, but hasn't scheduled any dates yet. He said he will definitely visit LSU and will try to make as many trips as possible to the other schools he mentioned.
Midlands recruiting Analyst Ahmard Vital attended Hardeman's game last weekend.
Click Here for His Observations During the Game
Hardeman Encouraged After Junior Season
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