Things are heating up quickly between New Jersey Class of 2018 DE Dorian Hardy and Penn State. Less than 24 hours after receiving an offer from the Nittany Lions, Hardy made the trip to Happy Valley Friday.
"The visit was amazing,” Hardy said. “Coach (Charles) Huff and Evan (Ostrow) — my tour guide — showed me the facilities. I also spent time with the academic advisors. Both were great people that interacted with me and my mother."
While Hardy was checking out Penn State, the Nittany Lions were doing their due diligence on him. They measured everything from height and weight to hand size and arm length.
“The staff came away impressed,” Hardy reported. “They told me they would really like me to consider PSU."
So does he?
"Yes I do,” Hardy said. “I still have plenty of time in my recruitment, but they're definitely a contender in my recruitment now."
Hardy plans to be back at PSU July 17, but before his return visit to Happy Valley he has other trips planned.
"I'll be visiting Michigan and Michigan State (Saturday) and Sunday,” Hardy said. “In June, I will be visiting North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and North Carolina.”
Other heavy hitters who have offered Hardy include Alabama, Florida, LSU and Miami.
Hardy is in no hurry to create a top five or top 10. In terms of making a decision, the current plan is to announce on his Signing Day in February of 2018.
Loney's Take: Penn State is in a dogfight for Hardy. But he is the sort of Eastern standout the Lions must continue to pursue (and land) as they fight to get back into Big Ten championship contention.