Lots of options for Hardesty

Wide open is the style of offense New Bern (N.C.) ran last year, with Montario Hardesty as the key running back and East Carolina signee Davon Drew the gunslinger. With Drew gone, Hardesty is now the focal point of the offense, and colleges across the nation expect him to do well. However, his recruitment is matching the offense – wide open.

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"I like a lot of them. I don't really have a favorite or anything," says the 6-foot, 196 pounder. "I like North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, I just feel that I like a lot of schools."

Among that large contingent of schools, only Florida State has yet to offer, and Hardesty says they are the biggest fish out there he would like to offer.

Montario is also doing his research on the schools, taking visits and finding out more about the universities both academically and athletically.

"I took unofficial visits to Clemson, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, and I went camping at (NC) State and (North) Carolina. I talked to a lot of coaches from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Auburn, Tennessee; I just talked to a lot of coaches from everywhere."

The next step in this process for Hardesty is to narrow his list and take several official visits.

"I know I want to take a couple of my visits, but I know I want to narrow it down to a top-five by sometime during the season, then I want to take my visits a couple during the year and then after the year. So I probably will not be committing early.

"I really don't have any set up. My dad talked to Nebraska about setting one up, and they would be good to go visit. Other than that, I really don't know the other four that I really want to go visit right now."

Track is Hardesty's second sport, and he could run in college with the type of times he is posting. This summer on a fully-automatic electronic timer he ran a 10.6 in the 100 meter spring and ran a 21.58 in the 200. However, his younger brother

"I had a track meet at South Carolina last weekend, so I got in touch with the football coaches and took an unofficial visit, kind of, while I was down there.

"I haven't really thought about (doing both). It all depends on how much more time I will have next year."

While Montario is a four-star player with TheInsiders.com, his younger brother may be the better player in two years.

"Hey, he might be. I know he is faster than I was when I was a sophomore, and he is going to start as a corner this year for us."

Several colleges would be happy to just take both.

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