Hardy will visit LSU this weekend

Defensive tackle Templeton Hardy out of North Panola High School in Sardis, Miss., has picked up a handful of scholarship offers this spring, with one from LSU coming two weeks ago.

"I've got about nine or 10 offers so far," Templeton Hardy told Tiger Rag. "They've come from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, San Diego State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and LSU."


The one from the Tigers came about two weeks ago, he added, after he received a text message from tight end coach Josh Henson and returned the call to find out he had picked up the offer.


With spring practice at North Panola now in full swing, Hardy says he is expecting visitors from several places leading up to his spring game, with Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M all pledging to send coaches, while he said he feels there is a strong possibility coach Henson will come as well.


Whether he gets a spring visit from LSU or not, the d-line prospect will get his first taste of Tiger football this weekend, when he, along with four of his teammates, make the trip west for an unofficial visit to LSU.


"I've never been to LSU before," he said. "I just want to go and have a good time. I think I'm going to get to meet coach Miles, too."


Hardy said he has yet to speak with coach Miles, as all of his contact with the Tiger program has been with coach Henson.


"I probably talk to coach Henson about once a week," he said. "It's whenever he sends me a text message then I call him back. The coaches I talk to the most are probably the ones from Mississippi State and Tennessee.  I call them every few days."


This weekend's trip to Baton Rouge will be the fourth unofficial visit for Hardy, who attended MSU's junior day, Alabama's spring game, and a practice at Ole Miss.


"All three of those schools had really nice facilities," he said of his trips, "and I was really impressed with the coaches at Alabama and Mississippi State. I like all the SEC schools because they are real fast and real aggressive."


When asked if the local SEC schools held any advantage for being close to home, Hardy said it wasn't really a factor.


"It doesn't matter where I go," he said. "I don't need to stay close to my house. I just want to go somewhere that I can start."


Though all of his recruiting has been as a defensive tackle, Hardy will be pitching in on the offensive line this year as well, after compiling 105 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, nine sacks and one interception on the defensive side of the ball his junior year.


After spring practices wrap up in May, he says he will be attending camps at Mississippi State, Arkansas and Ole Miss during the summer, and may also go to Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and LSU if his schedule allows.


Stay up to date on Templeton Hardy of the rest of LSU's recruits with TigerRag.com.


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