"It is looking like Miami, it is definite," Hardin said. "I am going to be signing with them tomorrow and then the process will be over. It'll be time to get ready to play some football and work on getting that degree. It is real good to be a ‘Cane."
Hardin (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) hasn't even informed coaches from his other suitor, Ole Miss about his decision, but has already informed the ‘Canes staff of his intentions.
"I haven't even told the Ole Miss Coaches yet, but I've talked to Coach Pannuzzio about it and I'm ready to go," Hardin said.
The Jackson, Tennessee product breaks down his decision between the two schools and why he chose the Hurricanes.
"I committed to Ole Miss because they were the first division 1 school to recruit me," Hardin said. "I wasn't going to go there, but then Miami, the place I wanted to play since I was in middle school, got on me, and that is where I wanted to be at."
What does it mean for Hardin to be a Miami Hurricane?
"It means a lot to me," Hardin said. "Going out there, playing hard, to the best of my ability. Miami players have that swagger and confidence, and I have that confidence, so it is a good fit."
Hardin believes that Miami is the best school to develop his skills at the next level. One of the goals for him is to stay at linebacker and grow more in the weight room.
"Here, they can really teach me how to play defense," Hardin said. "I'll probably play at the linebacker position. I'll get bigger there, that is for sure. I already have some weight on me already. I'm 240 pounds, so I don't have too much to go."
One issue for Hardin going into the summer is grades. He doesn't have a qualifying ACT score yet, however will attempt to make up for it on his next go around on the test. He reports a 2.8 GPA (had a 3.1 last semester to pull his GPA up) and a 15 on his ACT the first time around.
"I have to do a little more, but getting in won't be a problem," Hardin said. "I want to try and get in around June so I won't miss any football. I have to take the ACT one more time and get a score I need to get."
Hardin will fax in his letter on intent to the University tomorrow at 8 a.m. and will be involved in a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.