Irish Eyes Take – Eilar Hardy

Notre Dame progressed from likely second place finishers to winning the recruiting battle for Scout.com 4-star safety Eilar Hardy. Irish Eyes gives its take on Hardy and why Irish fans should be very excited.

The emotions of recruiting can be hard on a young player looking to choose the path of his future. For Eilar Hardy the emotions ran high for Michigan State with a former teammate already there. But, when all was said and done Brian Kelly and Notre Dame showed the Ohio native his future would be best served in South Bend.

What does Hardy bring to the table?

What To Like

The physical size of Eilar Hardy fits in with what Bob Diaco has planned for the defensive scheme he'll run at Notre Dame. At 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, Hardy has the long frame with the athletic skills to play corner or safety. Not afraid to hit, Hardy will be a physical corner who has the ability to flip his hips and cover.

What May Concern You

Hardy has been a high school safety and not been placed on the field as a pure cover guy. He's use to roaming the field and making plays. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Hardy will need to continue to work on one-on-one coverage skills and getting his footwork and techniques in place. A great athlete, Hardy should be able to do this. If not he'll be moved to safety and should excel there.

Bottom Line

This is a great get for Notre Dame as just a week ago Hardy was set to ledge Michigan State. Tim Hinton and the Irish staff didn't stop working on Hardy and given the chance to make an impression they closed the door. Athletically Eilar Hardy is the type of player Brian Kelly needs on the defensive side of the ball for his defense to reach the level he expects it to reach. In Cincinnati, Kelly made good use of three players in his first two seasons that have some of the same traits Hardy shows. All three players had their named called during the 2009 NFL Draft.


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