LSU still the one

Chris Hardeman knew early on that LSU was the place for him. Now several months removed from his commitment, Hardeman is still receiving interest from other schools. He tells TSD how he's dealing with it and talks about recruiting the rest of the Tiger class.

Four-star corner Chris Hardeman was the first player to jump on the bandwagon and join LSU's 2014 recruiting class way back in July of 2012.

Standing at 5-9 and 178 pounds, Hardeman seems a bit undersized, but that didn't stop college coaches from extending offers to the Taylor High School (Houston, Tx.) standout prior to his junior season. A couple of members of the LSU coaching staff recently traveled to Texas to check in on some of their recruits from the state, one of which was Hardeman.

"Everything is going great with my recruitment," Hardeman told TSD. "Coach [Adam] Henry and coach [Thomas] McGaughey were at my school on Tuesday watching my practice. I just waved at them and let them know that I saw them, but I couldn't speak with them."

Even though he claims that his commitment is solid to the Bayou Bengals, Hardeman has started to pick up interest from some major programs in recent months. Hardeman, while solid to LSU, hasn't shut the door completely on a couple of programs.

"A lot of schools are coming after me hard right now," said Hardeman. "Oklahoma and Ohio State have been after me recently and have been trying to maintain contact with me. I kind of let them know that it is all LSU for me. However, I do still let them recruit me and give me their best pitch just to see what they have to say."

Since joining the LSU class, Hardeman has become known as somewhat of a recruiter for the Tigers. He has reached out to numerous LSU targets with the hopes of convincing them to join him in Baton Rouge.

"I talk to Ed Paris a lot, but he is committed already," said Hardeman. "I talk to Tony Brown a lot as well. I talked to Adoree Jackson about a month ago and I'll probably give him a call pretty soon. I want to give some of these guys space and not be all over them."

Hardeman has been friends with the five-star Brown for quite some time. LSU is believed to be in great shape for Brown, and Hardeman is making sure that he knows he is wanted in Baton Rouge.

"Every time I see him I tell him that he needs to go ahead and quit playing with people and commit to LSU," said Hardeman. "But, he is just taking his time. I really want him to come join this class of great defensive backs, but he's going to check everything out before that happens."

Despite the fact that they speak on a regular basis, Hardeman isn't sure of when Brown may actually pull the trigger and end his recruitment.

"I really haven't been able to get a good gauge on when he might commit," said Hardeman. "I don't think it will take a whole lot longer, but he still has visits to take."

After making his commitment to LSU, it took Hardeman some time to realize what it meant to be on track to be a Tiger. At this point, Hardeman couldn't be more excited because of what he believes LSU is on the verge of doing.

"It has been great being the first member of the 2014 class," said Hardeman. "I talk to a lot of people about joining the class and we already have a lot of great players on board. We have a chance to be the best class in the country and getting in on that early has been very exciting for me. I have loved every minute of it."

With Hardeman gaining interest from other schools, some might expect him to check out their campuses during the summer months. However, that won't be the case as Hardeman only plans to check out one campus.

"I'll probably visit LSU in July for their second camp," said Hardeman. "I won't be visiting anywhere else because I'm focused on LSU and my senior season. I know I'll be doing some recruiting while I'm up there."

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