Hardy Talks O-D Experience

For future Irish football player Eilar Hardy, the chance to put on the uniform and play with a couple of 2011 teammates was a great way to spend the holidays. Irish Eyes caught up with Eilar to get his thoughts about the experience.

The 2011 O-D Bowl saw four future Notre Dame Football players on its rosters. Brad Carrico, Jarrett Grace, and Kyle Brindza, joined Eilar Hardy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to play one more game before they take the field as college players.

"I did pretty well," Hardy told Irish Eyes about his performance. "I played some corner and safety, but they did not really throw to my side much, so I did not get to do anything spectacular during the game."

For Hardy the chance to spend some time with the other Notre Dame pledges was enjoyable.

"It was cool meeting some of the guys from around the country. There were some good ball players there and it was a great experience. The Notre Dame guys were all focused on learning the plays and getting ready for the game. Our relationship is already strong and we all feel like a family already. So we stayed very focused on the reason we were there."

When asked to talk about the other three Irish pledges, Eilar gave this breakdown.

"Jarrett came in a few days late and had to catch up quickly to learn the plays. He is a very hardnosed player who is going to do some good things at Notre Dame. Kyle did really good and showed he has a very strong leg. I thought he was a linebacker the first time I met him. He made all of his extra points but missed one field goal. I really did not get a chance to see Brad too much since he was on the other team."

While most guys would be taking time away from football, Eilar is back at work getting ready for his report date to Notre Dame.

"Since I got accepted into Notre Dame, I've been just working in the weight room to get my weight up. I know it is getting closer and closer to the time I will report and I am willing to do the work so I am prepared for that. I'm pretty excited about next year."

The only thing left now for Eilar is National Signing Day and putting his signature on the official letter of intent.

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