Rising sophomore defensive end Dorian Hardy received a surprise visit when the Michigan coaching staff stopped by his high school last week. After his high school coach summoned him to his office, he received the news that U-M had extended a football scholarship his way.
“It was a shock,” Hardy said of Michigan offer. “It’s not that I was expecting it -- it was just surreal.”
Hardy, who stars at Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph High, is just the latest of numerous Jersey prospects that have been offered by the Wolverines as of late.
“I just feel like Michigan does a good job of going to New Jersey an offering the talent that we have,” said Hardy, who stands at 6-4, 215-pounds. “There is a lot of talent in Jersey I feel.”
Now that he has the Michigan offer, Hardy says his next step is planning a visit to Ann Arbor.
“I’m probably going to go up during the spring,” Hardy said. “I feel like towards the spring time is when I will have the most free time to go.”
Adding: “It would be good to meet Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, see the field, and get a little tour of the campus. I would like to go and see the classes, just see where they are at and stuff.”
Hardy says he doesn’t have any planned visits lined up. However, this fall he has already been on numerous visits to Rutgers, and camped at Miami (Fla.) this past summer.