Wisconsin DE Mike Hardy Makes Gopher Visit

Mike Hardy, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Kimberly (WI) High, is visiting Minnesota today. Hardy helped lead Kimberly to their second straight Division II State Championship last year. Minnesota offered Hardy last month and already has landed commitments from two of the top players from the Badger state.

Mike Hardy has scholarship offers Minnesota, Purdue and Iowa State and is also being recruited heavily by Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. His former teammate A.J. Klein, signed with Iowa State and he plans to attend their spring game. Hardy has attended two junior days at Wisconsin.

Hardy is one of the top players from Wisconsin and has started to attract plenty of recent interest. Hardy told CycloneSportsReport.com that he is a bit surprised by the recent attention.

"It's really amazing being considered one of the top prospects in the state," said Hardy. "I didn't sense it would happen this fast since I only recently sent out my tape to some of the schools."

Hardy had six sacks, 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, two forced fumbles, and a blocked punt last season as they finished 14-0 for the second straight year. The Papermakers defeated Verona 28-14 in the state title game.

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