North Carolina Back Has Host of Offers

New Bern, N.C. is home to running back Montario Hardesty. The 6-0, 197-pound Hardesty has 4.4 speed and a host of offers already. Are the Irish interested in Hardesty? What did he have to say about Notre Dame? What are his summer plans? Irish Eyes spoke to Hardesty to find out.

Montario Hardesty had an impressive junior season carrying the football. "I had 250 carries, for 2,080 yards, and 17 touchdowns," said Hardesty. "I also caught 15 passes, for 320 yards, and six touchdowns. I only played about 30 plays on defense and had two picks."

His impressive season has sent a number of schools to New Bern to check out Hardesty--and many have offered already. "North Carolina, North Carolina State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and East Carolina have already offered me," he said. "A bunch of other schools are also recruiting me."

More offers could be on the way for Hardesty. "My coach says a whole lot of schools have told him they are close to offering. Oklahoma and Florida State said they are close to offering, but you never know who's going to do what."

One school recruiting him is Notre Dame. "I get a lot of hand-written letters from them," said Hardesty of Notre Dame. "I talked to coach Diedrick already. We talked a lot about their offense and how I fit in there. He asked me to come to their camp, but I'm not sure on that yet."

Speaking of summer camp, Hardesty says he plans to attend four this summer. "I'm going to camp at both state schools (North Carolina & North Carolina State), and I plan to go to two camps out of state. I'm not sure which camps I'll be attending yet," he said.

Hardesty says he has no plans to make a decison any time soon. "I'm not sure when I plan to decide. I'm not sure if I'll take all my visits or not at this point. I could decide early or I might wait. I'm just not sure what I plan to do."

We asked Hardesty if he planned to stay close to home. "I like both state schools. But, distance doesn't matter to me. I'll go where I fit in best."

Hardesty has a self-reported 3.0 in his core and scored an 890 on his SAT. He also plans to take the test again in the fall.

Comments: The Irish appear to be in the race for Hardesty. He didn't seem overly excited about Notre Dame, however. An offer could change that. Regardless, the Irish do appear to be actively recruiting Hardesty, and he does appear interested in Notre Dame. Top Stories