RB recruiting: Hardy, Young and Merrill?

Galena Park RB <B>Albert Hardy</B> returned from his Forty Acres visit Sunday afternoon and gave every indication that his trip to Austin had helped settle the question of where he will spend the next four years.

"I just took the greatest visit of all," Hardy told TheInsiders.com network affiliate BorderWars. "I went to Texas and I love the family atmosphere there. We all hung out together. They are my leader and I will announce my decision on Tuesday. That will be my last visit."

The Woodlands WR Brian Carter, a true freshman for the Horns, hosted his fellow Houston-area prospect on what will probably be his final official visit. Hardy already tripped to LSU (11.16), Colorado (11.23) and Alabama (12.07) and is now expected to cancel a scheduled January visit to Florida.

Heartland Recruiting ranks Hardy, who rushed for 1,521 yards on 238 carries with 10 TDs in '01, as the No. 33 prospect in the state of Texas regardless of position.

If Hardy commits as expected, he will be UT's first running back verbal for the class of '02. The Horns also hosted Jersey Village RB Selvin Young over the weekend. Young, the No. 19 player in the state, told HR, "It was cool, a real good trip." Young said Texas, along with Colorado, Oklahoma and possibly Arkansas, which he plans to visit on Jan. 18, are still in contention for his signature

One other running back to keep an eye on is San Antonio Taft's Robert Merrill. Merrill is climbing the recruiting charts with a bullet after a spectacular senior season in which he rushed for 2,883 yards and 39 TDs. For more on Merrill, see HR's Conversation with Robert Merrill.

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