Hardesty Plannning Irish Visit

New Bern, N.C. running back Montario Hardesty is considered a top running back prospect. The Scout.com four-star player has already visited three schools and plans to visit two more in the near future. The Irish appear to be getting a visit for this top prospect. What did Hardesty have to say about the Irish?

Montario Hardesty has already taken three official visits so far this recruiting season.

"I've been to Nebraska, Virginia Tech and North Carolina so far," said Hardesty. "I liked the Virginia Tech and Carolina visits the best."

The top running back prospect also has two visits remaining on his list.

"I'm going to Tennessee on January 14th, and I'm supposed to go to Notre Dame on January 7th," said Hardesty. "I don't have that one set in stone yet. We're trying to work that out."

We asked Hardesty what problems might prevent him from visiting Notre Dame on the 7th.

"I was planning on going to Notre Dame on the 22nd, but coach Weis called and wanted me to come on the 7th if I could," Hardesty said. "It's all about finding the time to do it. I do want to visit there, and they'll be my last visit, but I'm just trying to make it work on the 7th if I can. I should know within the next couple of days if I can make it on the 7th."

Hardesty says he's spoken with coach Weis a number of times and has been impressed with the new Irish head coach.

"He dedicated to winning--I know that," said Hardesty of Weis. "He seems really dedicated and knows what he's talking about. I liked what I heard from him."

The Irish do have some ground to make up if they want to land the North Carolina native.

"Tennessee is my leader," said Hardesty. "North Carolina and Virginia Tech would be next followed by Notre Dame."

We asked Hardesty when he planned to make his final decision.

"Sometime after my Tennessee visit," he said. "I don't want to decide while on my visits because I think you need to think about things for awhile after the visit."

Comments: Weis has done a good job just getting Hardesty to visit. Montario dropped Notre Dame quite awhile ago, but the Irish are creeping back in the race. Tennessee is clearly the team to beat for his signature. We'll check back with him shortly to see if he plans to travel to South Bend on the 7th.

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