Hardy's recruiting heating up

Quentin Hardy is a top Navy target at Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) with teammate Charlie Davidson. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide receiver tells GoMids.com that he's now hearing from Army as of a week ago. Hardy, in his second year as a starter, has put in a fine senior season for one of the top ranked schools in the state of Tennessee.

"So far, my season is going great," Hardy said. "I have five touchdowns. In the Independence game, week six, I broke the all-time school record in a single game by catching 11 of 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. That's big considering that we run the ball for most of the time. This off-season, in January, I started working with Randy Fuller, a former NFL player, on my route running on a daily basis. We also worked on foot speed. I feel like all the hard work has paid off. I'm getting off the ball quicker and my routes have been consistent. It didn't hurt that I grew a couple more inches."

Hardy took to the camp circuit over the summer stopping by Chattanooga, Memphis, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Navy. It was in Annapolis that Hardy says he was at his best.

"I felt like I dominated at Navy," he said. "It was hands down one of my best camps. After camp, the head coach and the wide receivers coach let me know I had an offer. The first thing they mentioned was my character. They loved who I am and what I'm about. They felt like I'd be a good fit at Navy. That's an honor. They saw my junior film and noticed I had gotten better. I think it showed them I'm going to keep getting better and not be comfortable with what I've done and stay where I was at.

"Navy, I feel, is bar none one of the best places you can go as a football player. They have great credentials as an academic institution. It's a great school. I know that for sure. I could accomplice a lot if I went there.

Things could get very interesting with Hardy recently hearing from Army, Ohio, Memphis, and Louisville just in the past couple of weeks. With Blackman looking like they'll make a deep playoff run, coaches will have plenty of film to look at what Hardy can do.

"First and foremost, education is the top factor in my decision," said Hardy. "Next, is having a good relationship with that particular coaching staff. Everything else I can work around.

"Army offered my teammate Charlie Davidson. They told me they saw my film and that they really love me and I'm on their chart. I wasn't looking at the military or going to a military academy before the Navy off, but when I see all of the opportunities and the doors that can open up to you, it has me thinking long and hard about it."

The Blackman Blaze, coached by Phillip Shadowens, lost last year to Maryville in the 6A state semifinals. They're off to a 7-0 start this season and will take on Smyrna when they return from fall break.

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