Hardy, who's father played for Ole Miss during the 80's, transferred from Harding Aca to Briarcrest last summer. Briarcrest's head coach last season, Hugh Freeze, has joined the Rebels' staff. Michael Oher (OL) and Justin Sparks (Pk) signed with Ole Miss in February. Brandon Jackson (LB) committed to Ole Miss in February. Will the trend continue?
was not allowed to participate in football last season due to the transfer rule
in the State of Tennessee. The lack of recognition and playing time has not hindered
Hardy's recruitment, as both Ole Miss and LSU have extended a scholarship offer.
Tennessee, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Miami have also caught Hardy's eye.
Height: 6' 6"
40 time: 4.85
Grades: 2.0 GPA / 17 ACT
From: Memphis, TN
The following information was revealed during
our interview with Greg Hardy:
position are you being recruited for the next level? "Some people want me
for defensive end, and some want me at tight end, but mostly it is defensive end.
Although, even a couple of schools like me at linebacker."
your strengths on the field? "My speed, and I never quit going for the ball.
My quickness is my biggest strength though."
What are you working
on to make yourself a more complete player? "I have hired a trainer. I run
50 sprints a day. I jump rope for 30 minutes a day. I lift for an hour each day.
And I also run track, so I am constantly working on my conditioning and body strength."
long have you been starting for Briarcrest? "Last year I was ineligible to
play because I transferred in from Harding Aca. I did get to play basketball in
the second half of the season though."
I hear you are pretty serious
with basketball. What comes first, football or basketball? "Well, football,
but I would like to give it a try and play both sports. But, whichever sport I
sign with, they will get first priority."
How did your basketball
season go last year? "It was pretty good. We made it to the State Champions
game. I played against Brandon Wright and held
my own. I averaged like 13 points and 11 rebounds for the year."
football schools are recruiting you the hardest? "LSU and Ole Miss. I am
getting a few from Arkansas, and just a bunch of schools are sending me letters
in general, but nothing serious like Ole Miss and LSU."
offers? "Yes sir, both Ole Miss and LSU have offered me."
colleges have caught your eye up to this point? "I like Wake Forest, Ole
Miss, Kentucky, and you know, Miami. Those are my favorite schools and Tennessee.
I like them a lot too."
Have you had a chance to take some visits
this Spring? "Yes sir, I just got in from Ole Miss' Spring game. I also went
to their Jr Day and a couple of their practices."
What have you learned
about Ole Miss during these visits? "It is fun. It is a fun place to be around.
I am down there a lot. I went to their basketball camp too. I know all of their
coaches in both basketball and football.. My dad played football for them also,
so I have grown up around Ole Miss. Coach Orgeron is real cool too. He is intense
and would be someone fun to play for."
What stands out the most about
the Rebels? "The speed they work out. To me, it is just a whole different
What attracts you to Tennessee? "I have not checked them
out yet, but they have a good program from what I have read and seen on TV. They
invited me to come up for their Spring and Jr Day, but I couldn't make it."
about LSU? "They are all right. It is a pretty nice place. I do not know
their new coaches. I use to know Coach Saban really good, but he left. I do not
know about their new coaches, but they have a good team."
you become interested in Wake Forest? "I have been watching them on TV for
a long time. It is a real nice place. They have a beautiful campus. Wake Forest
is a school where I could get a lot of early playing time and have fun doing it."
early playing time a big issue for you? "Yea, I think it is. If I can earn
a spot, I want to play. I do not want go to a team with all returning seniors.
I will not get that much playing time."
What will be some other factors
in your decision? "I want to check and see if they have my major, which will
either be in Architect or Engineering. I want to play somewhere close to home,
you know, so my family can see me play. I also want the campus to not be tight
on spaces. I like it wide open like Ole Miss'. I want a pretty good number of
students there, I just do not want it to be so congestive. I will also look at
their coaches and coaching style."
Do you like intense or laid back
coaches? "I could play for both. I do not really look at that. I look at
how conservative they are or are not. I want to play for an aggressive defense
Greg Hardy takes in Red and Blue game
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