- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
It was a week of firsts for wide receiver Delvon Hardaway (Los Angeles/Dorsey). On Wednesday, the three-star receiver received his first in-home visit from San Jose State, followed by his first official visit to Colorado State this past weekend.
Hardaway said he went into the Colorado State visit fairly unsure of what to expect. The Rams are one of three programs that have offered Hardaway -- Colorado and SJSU are the others -- but the receiver said he wasn't expecting much out of the visit. That changed once he got there.
"It definitely surpassed my expectations," Hardaway said. "It's a great place with a great family environment."
Hardaway said he was very impressed by head coach Jim McElwain, formerly the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
"Bringing coach Mac in was a great hire," Hardaway said. "He wants to bring that Alabama winning mentality to the program. They are going through some renovations to their facilities. It's a good place right now."
It was a tough season for Colorado State, but wins over Colorado and New Mexico to bookend the season gave the Rams state bragging rights and a positive note to end the season. Hardaway said he got a good feel for the direction of the program and the mentality surrounding it.
"Things that are definitely going to stand out about the visit are the changes the program is going through with coach Mac, as well as the family environment through the whole community," Hardaway said. "Everybody up there was so friendly. It was a great place."
The recruiting process will continue for Hardaway, as this week will feature flipped roles for the two programs. Colorado State coaches will be by Wednesday for an in-home visit, while San Jose State will receive the weekend official visit.
Now that he has one of each under his belt, Hardaway will go into both with confidence.
"On the in-home visit, I tried to stick to academics," Hardaway said. "I asked a lot of questions about the school, and it helped my mom too, because she got a lot of information."
As for the official visit, Hardaway said he feels comfortable raising his expectations.
"I'm going to play the comparison game and see if I feel comfortable with the coaching staff, the community and the players," he said.
This won't be the final visit for Hardaway. Colorado receivers coach Bobby Kennedy was at Dorsey last week and Hardaway will take an official visit to Boulder in January, either on the 11th or 18th.