Hardesty Narrowing List

New Bern, N.C. running back Montario Hardesty is still enjoying his senior season. Hardesty will play in the first round of the playoffs tonight, and his season has been his main focus lately. Irish Eyes spoke with the 6-0, 210-pound Hardesty to get an update on his favorites.

Running back Montario Hardesty is having a solid senior season.

"We're 9-1 right now," said Hardesty. "We play our first playoff game on Friday. I have 1,560 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing. I also have 13 catches for 272 yards and 3 touchdowns. I'm averaging 8.5 yards per carry."

The North Carolina native says he hasn't had much time to finalize his official visit schedule because his team is still alive in the playoffs.

"I haven't scheduled them all yet," he said. "I do have a visit scheduled for Virginia Tech for November 27th," he said. "I'm going to set up a visit with Tennessee sometime in January, and I'm also setting another visit with Notre Dame for sometime in January. I've already visited Nebraska."

A number of teams still remain on his list for the final official visit.

"I'm going to Clemson this weekend," he said. "I'm not sure if I'm going to make that an official visit yet. I'm also considering North Carolina State, Ohio State and Virginia."

Hardesty also visited Tennessee last weekend and watched the Irish upset the Vols in Knoxville.

"That was a lot of fun," said Hardesty of the Tennessee visit. "It's a neat environment. The fans are crazy. I liked it there."

We asked Hardesty when he might make his decision.

"I really don't know," he said. "I could go to a school and really like it and just commit. I plan to take my visits, but I could just find the right school for me and just commit."

Hardesty also has a list of three that are standing out at the moment.

"I'd say Tennssee, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are the three that are standing out the most. I also like Clemson," Hardesty said.

We also asked Hardesty what would be the deciding factors when he chose a school.

"I'm looking for a team that's winning or on their way up," he said. "I'm looking for a good situation for me where I can play early. I guess the last thing is a good environment where I fit in well with the coaches and the players."

Comments: The Irish appear to be climbing with Hardesty. We don't think they lead at this point, but we do think they are climbing. They'll have to get a visit scheduled to have any shot. We'll check back soon to see if Hardesty does set a visit for Notre Dame.

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