Chad Simmons

Georgia DB Tyriq Hardimon finds perfect fit at Wake Forest

Georgia defensive back Tyriq Hardimon explains his commitment to the Deacs.

When Tyriq Hardimon went to bed Thursday, he had no clue he’d be sleeping in Winston-Salem the next night. 

Wake Forest assistant coach Dave Cohen reached out to one of Hardimon’s coaches Friday morning, then Hardimon spoke to his coach and his father. By a little after noon, arrangements had been made. By 5:45 p.m. Hardimon and his parents were on a flight to North Carolina. 

Sunday night, Hardimon officially decommitted from California and then Monday he decided to become a Demon Deacon. 

“I didn’t even know about the visit until the day of. I found out I was leaving at noon,” Hardimon said. “I got on my flight, got there, then had dinner with the head coach (Dave Clawson) and his wife. I really enjoyed them. They’re easy to talk to. Great people. 

“The next day, I went around campus. I got a private, walking tour with the head coach. I like how the campus is condensed and smalle. It’s like a glorified high school. My high school is about 3,000. I really like that.”

Hardimon, a three-star defensive back from Lassiter High School (Marietta, Ga.), was impressed with what Wake offers in the classroom.  

“I went to talk to the business professor, because I want to major in business financing. He talked to me and showed me his classroom,” Hardimon said. “They aren’t joking when they say they only average 24 students per class. The room is smaller than one of my classrooms, and this is a business classroom at one of the top universities in the country. That’s pretty crazy. I really liked that. They sold me on the business program.”

Being on the same visit with fellow Georgians Troy Simon and Avery Showell definitely helped Hardimon feel at home.  

“I hung out with the players, and I really enjoyed them. Some of them also come from Georgia, and some of them were up there like Troy Simon and Avery (Showell). I like that,” he said. “I got along with the players. The whole coaching staff — they seem real and I really liked them. They told me the truth the whole time. 

“And it’s a lot closer than California. I can come down for a visit during a bye week for a couple days.” 

His parents enjoyed the trip to Wake as well

“They loved it. They think it’s a perfect fit here,” Hardimon said. “They can really see me succeeding there.”

The Wake interest didn’t come from nowhere. The Deacs had offered in the spring, and Hardimon camped in the summer. He was never able to work a regular visit into his schedule, however. He had a visit to Northwestern slated for next week, but he has canceled that after he committed to Wake. 

Hardimon said Cohen envisions him as a weakside safety. 

“I love that guy,” Hardimon said about Cohen. “He’s pretty cool.” 

Hardimon had a hard time summarizing the top couple reasons for the commitment, saying it was a lot of factors that played into the decision. 

“The size of the school. Everything about it I love,” he said. “I love the size of the school, and I’m also going to work hard for the team. I enjoy the team and the coaches.” 

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