Hardy Experiences ‘Great’ Trip At Michigan

One of the fastest rising prospects on the East Coast is Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional sophomore defensive end Dorian Hardy, who is checking several schools this summer including the Wolverines. He talks about his visit to Ann Arbor, his favorite part of the trip and more.

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional sophomore defensive end Dorian Hardy has become one of the top prospects in the Garden State. This standout rush end has compiled an early impressive offer list and this summer is traveling around to see some of his suitors. The latest stop was in Ann Arbor, where got the full tour of the campus and facilities, but also learned how he would fit into the Wolverines’ defensive scheme as well.

“It was a great experience,” Hardy told The Michigan Insider. “I got to see some great coaches including (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and (Defensive Line) Coach (Greg) Mattison. I took a tour around the campus and saw the locker rooms and the field.

"They talked about how great of a player I am and the potential I have. They run a 4-3 defense. Coach Harbaugh was just talking to me about life and how he gets his players better and the best out of them. It was just a great experience and looking forward to coming back.”


The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder got to do a lot during his time spent in Ann Arbor, but the highlight of his trip was getting to meet and chat with the headman himself.

“I liked a lot of things, but probably getting to sit down and talk to Coach Harbaugh because he’s such a great coach and knows so much about the game plus the iconic figure that he is to all high school and college football players around the country,” said Hardy.

Hardy’s interest is still very strong after his recent visit to Michigan and likes a lot about the Maize and Blue program, especially the emphasis they put on recruiting New Jersey.

“I’m still very interested,” Hardy told The Michigan Insider. “I like how they love Jersey kids, the love they show the players, the facilities are great as well as the campus and alumni.

It means something to me (Michigan has landed several prospects from New Jersey). It shows they value New Jersey and the talent we have in our state. It shows they are doing something right with the program.”

Hardy plans to now visit Rutgers, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and probably North Carolina in June and return back to Michigan in August

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