"He left Knoxville and didn't feel good about comimtting to Tennessee," Hardesty's mother told Inside Carolina Monday morning. "He just didn't know if he would fit in or have anything to do socially. He's from Carolina, so I guess he feels better at his home.
"He told the [Tennessee] coaches personally and then they talked to him again," she continued. "I'm not saying they were trying to make him feel bad, but ..."
Inside Carolina spoke with New Bern head coach Chip Williams Monday morning, who said he thought Hardesty would commit today, but said he "wanted [the official word] to come from Montario's mouth."
Hardesty's mother said she'd definitely prefer Montario to go to North Carolina and confirmed that was what he wanted to do as of returning home from his visit last night.
"Any mom would want their son to stay closer to home, but I told him that was his decision," she said. "So I don't know. I'm going to talk to him more about it this morning."
Hardesty is a consensus Top 10 in-state prospect who once before said he was ready to commit to Carolina, but decided to take the Vols up on an official visit invite to Knoxville.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.