Hardy Talks Playoffs and Irish

Eilar Hardy made it back to the field Friday in time to close out his regular season. Hardy now is looking forward to winning a state championship and his future at Notre Dame.

Eilar Hardy is excited as he is finishing his high school career at Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School.

"We are the number one seed in our region and we have Troy coming up at home this weekend in the first round. Everyone is excited; we are 9-0 during the season, 7-0 in conference, and OVC Champions."

Another reason for his excitement is his chance to get back on the field.

"Last week was my first game back coming off an injury to my ankle. I did not play for two or three weeks, but I am playing pretty good offensively and defensively, so I cannot be mad at myself. But I'm good now, 100%."

While Eilar has heard about this past weekend's loss to Tulsa, he was not able to watch.

No, I did not watch the game, but I heard about it. The outcome does not bother me at all. It would be nice to see them win some games, but I know what Coach Kelly has coming for Notre Dame. It is what it is, as he is in his first year and it is tough to win games, but it does not bother me at all because I know what he is capable of doing."

Like many of the other Notre Dame pledges, Eilar has been staying in touch with several of the guys who will join him in South Bend.

"I talked with Brad Carrico today, and I have talked with a couple of the others guys as well. I heard today we loss one of our commitments, but it was no surprise."

When asked to expand upon his views on players that had given pledges to join him at Notre Dame and have now backed off, Eilar felt the process might have gotten away from them.

"I feel these players made their decision when they were not really ready to. I do not thing at the time they committed they were ready to be part of this class we have coming to Notre Dame. So they might have had some things going on in their lives, but my guess is they were not 100% sure Notre Dame was where they wanted to be. Each of them should have taken longer to figure out what they wanted to do, and things like this would not happen. However, things happen and they made the best decision for them."

While some fans have wondered if the season the Irish are having would have any bearing on what recruits are thinking, Eilar feels secure in what his future will be like at Notre Dame.

"No, I really have not given it much thought. To be honest, Notre Dame is where I want to go to school. I know next year, with the other recruits coming in with me now, I feel we can change the program around and help them win big ball games. Notre Dame is real close, I spoke with Coach Hinton the other week after the Navy game. They have had a couple of players hurt and they just do not have much depth. I know at the defensive back positions, the guys coming in my class could be the answer to the success of next season."

While Eilar would love to get back for another visit to South Bend, he is hoping his next five Saturdays are busy helping his team reach a state championship game. Irish Eyes will be following Eilar during his run towards a championship in the coming weeks.

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