Target 2005: Montario Hardesty

As a new recruiting season starts, one thing is expected, the Tar Heels and rival NC State will be at a tug-of-war for the services of countless players. For the premature 2005 recruiting season, the tug-of-war has already begun. Both schools have extended offers to in-state running back Montario Hardesty of New Bern High School (New Bern, NC).

The 6-2, 180-pounder is also seeing interest coming from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee and South Carolina, but maintains it is too early for him to have a leader or any favorites.

"Right now for me, I like all the colleges," Hardesty stated. "I'm just looking into everything. I'm just waiting to see what is going to happen, but if I feel like there is somewhere that fits then I'll end things early."

Hardesty is definitely willing to check things out at Chapel Hill starting with this weekend. He also plans to camp at North Carolina this summer.

"They gave me some tickets for the basketball game this Sunday," remarked Hardesty. "I have a state championship for in-door track at Chapel Hill this Saturday so I'll probably head to the game on Sunday while I'm up there."

Another school that has Hardesty's eye is an out-of-state school he has liked for awhile.

"I like Florida State," Hardesty said, "their coach has been to my school a couple of times and I'm supposed to go to camp down there."

Hardesty, who is being recruiting by the Tar Heels to play either RB or DB, help lead New Bern to the 4A State Championship last year only to lose to nationally ranked Independence HS (Charlotte, NC). His 1915 yards on 278 attempts, plus 16 rushing touchdowns also helped the Bears end the season with a 14-2 record.

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