Hardy Claims No Leader

Sardis, Miss., standout Templeton Hardy currently holds fifteen written scholarship offers and has been working hard in the offseason to add weight and improve his size, strength and agility. Oklahoma is one of the schools in the running for the defensive tackle prospect and he is interested in hearing more about the Sooners.

Oklahoma, USC, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulane, Tennessee, Rice, Stanford, UCLA, San Diego State and Texas A&M have all extended scholarship offers to Templeton Hardy, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive lineman from Mississippi. With such an impressive offer list you would think Hardy could find a few schools that stick out of the bunch, but right now that simply is not the case.

"I like all of the schools that have offered me the same and have absolutely no favorites at this point," Hardy stated. "I would like to cut my list at mid-season and try to get it down to less then that. Right now my core GPA is a 3.38 and I scored an 18 on my ACT test, so I need to retake it and do better for a school like Stanford to make that scholarship offer official."

Given Hardy's reputation for being a versatile player that could play a number of different positions and techniques at the next level and Oklahoma's tendencies to use different fronts and defensive schemes to confuse their opponents, we asked him how he feels he could fit into the Sooner defense from what he has seen.

"I get off the ball and like to attack the quarterback and it seems like that is what Oklahoma likes to do most of the time as well," Hardy explained. "I use rips and swim moves effectively and stay low to the ground, so one of the things I get complimented on is my get off. I think I could play the 3-technique in a four man front, play the nose or even kick out and play end in a three man front because I am comfortable playing in space. I know that Oklahoma likes to do some of those things with their defensive linemen, so I could see myself fitting in real well there."

"I like a lot of things about Oklahoma, but most of all I like that they have a tradition of winning football and always have a good defense and running game," Hardy added. "They have a fast-paced defense with a lot of playmakers and when I talked to the coaching staff on the phone you could see why as those guys were just fired up talking about recruiting,. They said they liked my quickness of the ball and wanted me to come play for them and it felt real nice to feel wanted like that by a staff. I haven't talked to them on the phone in a while, but I am going to contact Coach (Chris) Wilson and see if I might be able to take an official visit to Oklahoma."

Hardy went on to talk about what he wants to do when he gets to college and also brought up the fact that he has put on quite a bit of muscle mass since we last saw him at the All-American Combine in San Antonio this January.

"I think I want to study graphic design when I get to college because I have always loved to draw and am good at it," Hardy said. "One day in school we had to put together blueprints for a house and I really enjoyed doing it, so I guess that just stuck with me since that day. I think I would like to get into something where I could eventually be an architect."

"I saw they listed my weight at 242 pounds at that combine, but I weighed in at 276 according to what they gave me," Hardy added. "Right now I am up to 295 pounds as I have been lifting real hard, working on my speed and eating a ton of protein. I spend one day doing upper body work with bench, inclines and other lifts and then spend the second day working on my lower body with squats, dead lifts and power cleans. We also do rope work and cone drills on the lower body day to better our footwork and it has really helped me become more explosive. I just alternate that work out day in and day out and my weight has stayed the same now for a while."

Last season Hardy recorded 148 tackles, 105 of them coming solo, 28 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also returned an interception for a touchdown, forced three fumbles and recovered four more.

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