Georgia Sophomore Likes PSU's Energy

The class of 2016 athlete was offered by the Lions' Tuesday while camping at Georgia State. Where does Penn State stand?

Mecole Hardman has wanted to visit Penn State ever since James Franklin and his staff arrived. His parents, however, didn't think they could make the trip work.

The 5-foot-11, 165 pound class of 2016 sophomore from Elberton, Ga., found a remedy for his problem Tuesday, though, when he camped at Georgia State. Penn State's staff was helping run the camp, of course, and with a good showing, Hardman later received an offer he may have otherwise not been in position to land.

"Camp was good," Hardman said. "The staff, with Penn State head coach James Franklin, it was a real good time.

"I did a lot better than I thought I would yesterday, and they said they saw enough to give me an offer."

Penn State graduate assistant Tyler Bowen has been keeping in touch with Hardman's coach, which is how the Lions' have long expressed interest in the corner. Bowen was not on staff when Franklin and most of his assistants were at Vanderbilt, yet Hardman said the interest has been steady as far back as last year.

With that interest, the corner came to find Penn State's staff was energetic. At camp, Hardman said he found even more excitement.

"I love that they're energetic," he said. "It's a real cool staff, and they give you pointers if you need it. But, if you do good, they're jumping around with you.

"They're the most energetic staff I've ever been around," Hardman continued. "They give you pointers but don't put you down. They're a real good coaching staff."

Georgia may be a ways away from State College, but Hardman was adamant that Penn State is a school he would consider when decision time looms down the road.

"Penn State is a great school," Hardman said. "They have great tradition, and I think Coach Franklin has their program taking looks. They're going to start easily since Coach Franklin had 18 wins in two years at Vanderbilt. Coach Franklin is a great coach, and I know Penn State will be a good team."

Hardman will visit Clemson Saturday, but has an open date next weekend since he will no longer travel to Penn State, which he was angling toward and blocked out on his schedule before realizing he would not be able to make it.

The junior to be also plans to stop at Miami, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama this summer.

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