UW Offer Sparks Hardy's Interest

Growing up in Big Ten country, Eilar Hardy grew up watching the Big Ten and thinking what it would be like to play in the conference. It was understandable then to realize that Hardy was excited when Wisconsin came calling with a scholarship offer.

MADISON - Growing up liking and wanting to possibly play Big Ten football, it's understandable that Eilar Hardy has been excited with every offer from one of his favorite conference.

When the offer from Wisconsin came across his desk, all Hardy basically knew about the Badgers were they one of the 11 Big Ten schools, which was enough for him to be happy about.

"That was real exciting for me, especially being from the Midwest," Hardy told Badger Nation. "I really don't know too much about Wisconsin. When they offered though, I was real excited. The coach actually came in and got to talking to me not too long ago. That's about it. I really don't know too much about their program at this point."

Hardy, a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 16 safety in the country by Scout.com, has 15 offers, five of which come from the Big Ten. Finishing his junior season with 75 tackles and four interceptions and having 1,300 yards rushing and six touchdowns, Hardy's film attracted the Badgers to offer without much initial contact.

In follow up visits with Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph gave Hardy (6-feet, 170 pounds) the insight in why the Badgers pulled the trigger.

"He said he watched my film that he liked me as a player but when he got to talking to me, he liked me as a person," Hardy said. "That's why he said he wanted to offer me, because I am the type of the guy they want to play for their program. He also said they were in need of some defensive backs and that I was one of the players that could help them win."

Hardy lists six schools – Arizona, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame and West Virginia – as favorites, but admits that his list is subject to change.

"As of right now, I am still wide open," Hardy said. "I can go anywhere, play anywhere, somewhere I can fit in at. I can move schools in and out."

That list could change should one of the Big Ten's top three schools – Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State - decide to offer. Hardy has only been in some contact with Ohio State, but doesn't expect an offer from the Buckeyes.

"My process is narrow my schools down, so I am not worried about schools that haven't offered," Hardy said.

Hardy is going to be heading on the road in June to visit schools, but doesn't have a plan when it comes to making his decision. Citing the decision could be this summer or sometime during the 2010 football season, whichever school Hardy chooses will be getting a football player that simply loves the game.

"I've been playing football since I have been four years old, so I think that's one of the major factors in why I am a good player," Hardy said. "Another thing is that my parents have pushed me since I was that age. They've been making me work hard and stick to it. I just know the game of football. I've been playing it for 13 years. I like to watch it. I like to play it. I like to be apart of it."

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