West Virginia Gains Verbal From 6-7, 350-Pound JuCo Lineman

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia gained its 19th verbal commitment of the 2017 class when offensive lineman Isaiah Hardy pledged to the Mountaineers on Wednesday.

Hardy, a 6-7, 350-pound lineman out of Lackawanna Junior College, became the third line commit for the Mountaineers, along with Kelby Wickline and Tyler Thurmond. Hardy played tackle at Timber Creek High in New Jersey, but academic issues kept him from receiving a high number of offers at that time. An impressive display at th JuCo level, however, elevated his status, and the sizable trench player gave his verbal commitment to West Virginia one week before the Feb. 1 National Signing Day.

Hardy, who visited the WVU campus the weekend of Jan 13-15, was thought to be close to making a decision, but still hadn’t done so after returning home from campus at that time. The Lackawanna (Pa.) College graduate might be the biggest lineman the Mountaineers have recruited since John Ray. He was listed at 6-foot-7 and 363 pounds on the Falcon roster this season, but whatever the actual numbers, he’s simply a massive presence. Hardy showed excellent feet and good movement off the snap at the pep level.

On running plays, he fired out while keeping solid balance, and often drove opponents several yards downfield. In pass protection, he was a bit mechanical, but the effort was there in terms of proper foot placement, and with his natural physical abilities he should be able to become a proficient pass blocker. He played tackle in high school, but was a guard at Lackawanna. Scout.com analyst Brian Dohn noted that Hardy “was strong in the lower body, moved his feet well, had a noteworthy initial punch and long arms. Hardy was equally impressive in the running game as he was in pass protection.”

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Hardy’s recruitment in high school was hampered by his academics, which left him short of achieving NCAA initial qualifying scores which left him to show that he could make his way back with an associates’ degree. Missouri and West Virginia were two schools that came back in on Hardy during his sophomore year in JuCo, but it hasn’t been an eventful year for the big blocker. Hardy has said that his grades have been good, but there is as yet no word on his final eligibility. 


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