Coaches from all across the country are trying to make a final push for the 6-foot-4, 275-pound edge rusher, ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Junior College 100.
“I know the head coach from West Virginia [Dana Holgorsen) was on our campus yesterday,” said new Dodge City head coach Gary Thomas, who is out recruiting in Wichita, Kan. “I know that Coach [Bill] Snyder from Kansas State is flying in tomorrow. Texas Tech and Arizona State were here today or yesterday. That’s what my defensive coordinator told me.”
Hardison said the top schools he is considering right now are Arizona State, Kansas State, West Virginia, Washington, South Florida and Auburn.
He recently took an official visit to Kansas State, where the Wildcats really impressed him with their commitment to the juco ranks, and was really appreciative of the hour-long meeting he had with Snyder.
“His message to me was basically telling me how great the people are in Manhattan and asking me what my goals were,” Hardison said. “Then we talked a little football. He told me a lot about the school. We really didn’t touch on football but more about life in general. It was a real cool experience. He is real cool. I like him a lot.”
Thomas couldn’t give any insight into where he thought Hardison was leaning because the two have only met once since he was hired on Dec. 17.
“I don’t know what direction he is leaning because he and I have not spoken only than to really just shake hands and say hello,” Thomas said. “And, to be honest, that was when I interviewed for the job. I know that he has a lot of action. But I am not [privy] to the decision he is making.”
Hardison has also taken official visits to Texas Tech, Arizona State and West Virginia.