Hardison up to 23 offers

If you go just by his offer list, Dodge City DE Marcus Hardison (6-4, 260) is one of the most highly sought-after JUCO recruits in the country. The talented prospect updated JCFootball.com recently on his 23 full rides and also gave us two schools that have been standing out so far at this point in the process...

"Right now I have 23 offers," Hardison told JCFootball.com recently. "Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Toledo, West Virginia and Western Kentucky and there are a couple of others I can't think of off the top of my head, but I know I have 23 offers."

Even with so many options, Hardison said one school has been standing out and they are a program he has kept a constant line of contact.

"I talk with Arizona State at least a couple times a week," Hardison said. "I've really been liking what they have had to say and I really feel comfortable talking with that whole staff. They all seem like really good guys and I like what they've had to say."

In addition to the Sun Devils, Hardison said he is also a big fan of what Texas A&M has going for it.

"I'm definitely planning to visit both of those schools when I take my official visits," Hardison said. "I'm trying to plan a trip down to A&M this summer at some point, just to meet the coaches and to talk to them in person.

"I don't see myself making an early decision because I want to take my official visits and stuff and that won't be until after my season."

Hardison prepped at Port Charlotte High School in Florida and was unable to qualify, so he decided to make a fresh start at Dodge City and after a solid freshman season that saw him post 46 tackles and three sacks for the Conquistadors, he plans on having an even better sophomore campaign.

"I had a good season, but I plan on putting up bigger numbers this year," Hardison said. "I'm strong, but I want to get stronger, especially my lower-body, so that I can hold up even better against the run and so that I can be more explosive."

Hardison is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

We will have more from Hardison in the coming weeks and months and will continue to keep track of his progress.

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