Academics come fist for Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter three-star safety Tyriq Hardimon. That was the focus Friday during an unofficial visit to Rutgers.
Hardimon spent the day on campus, where he learned about both the football and academic opportunities at Rutgers.
“The visit went well because I saw a lot of things I liked. Basically everything I wanted to see, I saw there at Rutgers,” Hardimon said. “They showed me around the facilities, let me try on a jersey. They took me to the business school and sat me down with a business adviser that told me how to get into their business school and told me how the process works and the classes I'd be taking. They sat me down with an academic mentor to hear about their study hours and the support.”
Hardimon has sights on a career in the finance world.
“I'm extremely serious about my academics,” he said. “Football is going to end and I have to be ready to do something after. I want to do something that means something. I'm trying to major in business finances, and that's a great way to understand and learn.”
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash, receivers coach Jafar Williams and assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry connected the most with Hardimon, he said.
“ really liked them,” Hardimon said. “I really liked coach Ash's candor and his energy. He raised $1.2 million in like the first 20 minutes to help with the facilities and stuff like that. The DB coach was very Christian-based and he was telling me about his life story and that was very impactful.”
Hardimon visited California in the spring and Army the day before Rutgers. He visits West Virginia and Navy the next two days before a return to Marietta.
“I just started my visits, so I'll be able to make my decision hopefully soon by the end of the summer,” Hardimon said. “I'm looking for a family atmosphere and a decent football team where I can make an impact when I get there. I want to make an impact in my first year or two and compete for a starting role.”