Hardy set to visit Colorado

He's one of the more athletically gifted JC wideouts still uncommitted, but Compton WR Jewel Hardy (6-5, 200) has seen his stock rise in recent weeks. This weekend he heads to Boulder to visit Colorado and he's also got a Pac 10 school and a couple of MAC programs looking at him as well. Will he pick up an offer from the Buffaloes this weekend? Read on to find out what he thinks...

Hardy prepped at Lynwood High School in California and was a late qualifier who schools passed over, but there's no denying his size and his athleticism.

"I didn't take the SAT until really late and when I qualified a lot of schools had moved on from me," Hardy told JCFootball.com on the eve of his visit to Colorado. "Basically, Compton was the school I wanted to head to to make sure I got better and so that I could get an offer to play D-1 ball."

As a true freshman in 2008, Hardy finished fourth in catches for the Tartars, hauling in 26 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns, but it appears it's his upside and not his productivity that schools are focused on.

"I can be any kind of receiver a team needs me to be," Hardy said. "I'm not scared of contact or going over the middle, but more often than not I was going deep and getting thrown to that way."

In addition to his visit to Colorado this weekend, three other schools have started to pick up the pace with Hardy.

"Washington just started talking to me last week," Hardy said. "I don't know a lot about them, but I'm interested in them because they are Pac 10 and I had a friend (Leilyon Myers) sign with them a few years ago and he really liked their program.

"Bowling Green and Akron are also starting to talk to me too, but I don't have any offers yet.

"If I get the offer from Colorado this weekend, I might take it, but I might come home and think about things before I do it so I can see if some other schools might be a better fit."

Joining Hardy on his trip to Boulder will be his teammate, Markish Jones, a former Clemson signee who will also be on an official visit as well.

Because he was a full-qualifier, should Hardy sign with a school this year he'll have four years to play three wherever he ends up.

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