Hardy Talks About Spartan Visit & More

This week Eilar Hardy made a visit to East Lansing to check out the Michigan State Spartans. How did the trip go? SpartanDigest.com has the latest.

One player that Mark Dantonio and his staff have targeted for the past few years is Eilar Hardy of Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School. The Scout.com 4-star safety has several offers and the Spartans are showing their one of the teams to beat.

How was his visit with the Green & White?

"It was great, it was really nice. I got to tour around the whole campus this time more than I did before. I got to watch practice and talk with one of my former teammates Patrick White about what it's like up there. My dad and I made the trip up and it was really nice."

With a close friend already on campus, Hardy was able to learn about some of the things away from football.

"I like everything about Michigan State. The way the campus is set up and just the way it looks as the way college life is there. Patrick was showing me everything about how the campus is and what school life is like."

Spartans coach Mike Tressel has been in charge of Hardy's recruiting and that has proven to be a positive experience.

"Coach Tressel has been recruiting me since I was a sophomore so I've been able to build a good relationship with him."

Another thing Hardy was able to do on his visit was sit in on a defensive back meeting with Coach Harlon Barnett. What was that like?

"Coach Barnett played in college and in the league and knows what he's doing. I had a chance to sit in on one of their meetings and he was going at it with them and you could see he was having a great time and the players were having a lot of fun. Patrick tells me how fair he is as a coach and that he won't tell you anything wrong."

While Eilar would like to have spent more time with Mark Dantonio, the Spartans head coach did leave a very good impression.

"My dad and I spoke with Coach Dantonio for a few minutes and you can see he's a great coach. The whole staff won't tell you anything wrong. You know when they tell you something it is what they mean."

Another thing that turned Hardy's head was how the Spartans practiced.

"Their intensity level during practice is very impressive. They are going after it the whole time. The day I was there they were in just shoulder pads and shorts and they were still going after it hard. Getting a chance to see Patrick out there doing big things also encourages me."

While Hardy is not ready to make a college choice he says he feels it's down between a few schools with the Spartans right there at the top of the list. What other programs are making the cut? Hardy talks about each of them.

Notre Dame: "I still need to make another trip to Notre Dame and get another feel for it. My last visit was great but I really didn't get a good feel for life as a college student there."

Cincinnati: "I was to make it up to Cincinnati last week but something came up at school that was football related. I've liked Cincinnati since I was a sophomore when they started to recruit me. I'm planning on continuing to build a relationship with their new staff and see where things go with them."

West Virginia: "I really like how their campus life is at West Virginia. I've been up there a couple of times and my dad and I got to sit down and talk with Coach Stewart for about an hour. He was telling us everything about their program and how he handles things. The most important thing about West Virginia is they have the program I'm interested in majoring in. I plan on majoring in Criminal Justice and they have one of the best programs in the country. The defense they run is the 3-3-5 and that means I'd have a chance to come in and play my freshman or sophomore years."

Kentucky: "Being in one of the best conferences in the NCAA is a big reason I like Kentucky. We went there and it was really nice. Their coaches are all great and the new head coach is bringing the program up to where they need to be at."

Arizona: "I don't know a lot about them and my dad and I have talked about making a visit out there. We've yet to be able to do that but their coaches are saying they'll be coming to see me in the next few weeks. So right now I know they are a little far away but I want to learn more about them."

While Eilar Hardy knows he can only pick one, he plans on getting things out of the way prior to his senior season.

"Right now the plan is to have this done before my season starts so I can concentrate on helping the team win. I don't want this to become a distraction."

While the Spartans are in good shape, they are still not out of the woods and in a position to get a verbal pledge from Hardy. SpartanDigest.com will continue to follow Hardy in the coming weeks until he makes his college choice known.

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