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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Coaches flock to juco Marcus Hardison

By William Wilkerson

Another coach is now in line for the final push for top junior college defensive end Marcus Hardison (Dodge City, Kan./Dodge City Community College).

Everything went as well as expected, according to new Dodge City CC defensive coordinator Pat Callahan.

The visitor is no stranger to turning top juco players into elite defenders. In fact, it’s Kansas State’s calling card.

“I can only tell you that it seemed like they had a good visit. Everybody seemed to be upbeat,” Callahan said. “Marcus communicated to me that he felt good about the place, felt good about it going in. It was pretty noncommittal on either side. He didn’t say that’s where he’s going. But he likes that place. That’s for sure. They are in his top deal.”

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder stopped by after the 6-foot-4, 275-pound edge rusher recently took an official visit to Kansas State. The Wildcats’ track record in the junior college ranks impressed Hardison who was appreciative of the hour-long meeting he had with Snyder in Manhattan, Kan.

“His message to me was basically telling me how great the people are in Manhattan and asking me what my goals were,” said Hardison, who has also taken official visits to Texas Tech, Arizona State and West Virginia. “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.”

Hardison has had other visitors this week as well. West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen was on campus on Monday, as were coaches from Texas Tech and Arizona State. They'll all be anxiously awaiting his announcement, which he plans to make on Friday.