"My mother was excited about (the offer and commitment)," the McNeil standout said. "And my dad went to UT so he was excited about it. I kind of always wanted to go there."
But just as much excitement came from Hardy wrapping the recruiting race up early as he maintained from the first day we spoke that making a quick decision was something very important to him.
"I can just relax now, have fun on the field and not worry about the recruiting process," he said.
LSU, Colorado, Oklahoma, Houston, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor, to name but a few, offered Hardy before the Horns finally stepped up. Which begs the question: going into Longhorn camp without an offer, was he anxious about his Forty Acres performance?
"No, I just went into it like it was a regular day and knew what I could do so it was no biggie to me," the 6-2.5, 190-pound wideout said. "I wasn't nervous."
Hardy said UT's winning ways were a big part of his commitment decision, but, he said, "When I get there, it's time to start winning the 'Big Games' against the OUs."
"Tell the Texas fans I'm not going to let them down...that I'm going to do everything I can to help the Burnt Orange win," he added.
Confidence? This kid's got it.
"I do have a lot of confidence...you have to," Hardy said...
We'll have more on the Burnt Orange's 16th commit in this week's Inside Scoop.