Hardy Comfortable With Irish Staff

Brian Kelly and his staff have built a recruiting base in Ohio and they've shown that they're going to get after the top 2011 prospects in the Buckeye State. Eilar Hardy from Pickerington Central High School (Ohio) is one of the top defensive backs in the country and he'll be taking a trip to South Bend to check out the Irish football program.

Brian Kelly and his staff are going to host their first junior day in a couple weeks and they're starting to build quite a guest list. Scout.com's No. 6 rated cornerback, Eilar Hardy (6-foot-0, 170-pounds) has an Irish offer and he'll be one of several top juniors that will make the trek to South Bend.

"I talked to coach Hinton the other day and they want me to come up for the junior day on March 20, so I'm going to come up there and see how the campus is and meet the rest of the staff," Hardy said. "They've been recruiting me since they were at Cincinnati and when they went to Notre Dame, it continued and we've been talking since then and building a relationship. Then, I think they offered me a couple weeks ago.

"They said that they believe in me as a player and that they want me to keep my grades right, because they know that Notre Dame is a very good academic school and your grades have to be good to be accepted there. They're just staying on me to keep my grades up and get my ACT score in. they just want me to keep working hard and they said that everything will fall in place. They've been recruiting me since Cincinnati, so I know they believe in me."

Hardy is already a solid student with a 3.2 g.p.a., so he'll likely score well on the ACT which he's scheduled to take in April.

"Notre Dame is a great school," he said. "It has great academics and great football. I'm just thankful that they're still recruiting me since they moved to Notre Dame. That's a blessing that they did that. They're all great coaches and I just want to continue to build our relationship and go from there."

The Notre Dame staff has done a tremendous job of maintaining the relationship they started while at Cincinnati, and they'll need to continue to recruit Eilar heavily. The in-state Buckeyes haven't extended him an offer, but they might need to soon, as several top programs are starting to take notice of Hardy.

"I'm being recruited by Ohio State," Hardy explained. "I've been getting letters from USC and Oregon. Kentucky just offered the other day. I have a couple Big Ten offers, and Big East offers. Right now I'm just keeping my options open and just waiting to see who else is interested in me.

"I want to see where I fit in, and see what other coaches become interested in me. I don't have a timeframe of when I'm going to announce, but I want to narrow it down to about five schools sometime in the summer or sometime before next season. I want to have some kind of idea of where I want to play, and then I'll decide sometime after my season starts. I really don't have a firm timeframe though."

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