December 2, 2008

Hardy talks about Ole Miss, Miss. State

Monticello (Lawrence HS), Miss. running back Kendrick Hardy has consistently been soft-spoken during his recruitment, and even with the fireworks that came with Ole Miss 45-0 win over Mississippi State and the resignation of head Bulldog Sylvester Croom hasn't changed that.

Hardy was on the sidelines at Ole Miss prior to the kick off last Friday and saw the action first hand.

"It was a good game," Hardy said. "I thought State would at least score, but they didn't."

Despite the blowout loss and the resignation of its head coach, Mississippi State is still not entirely out of the mix for Hardy.

"State, they are still up there, still an option," Hardy said. "I want to see who they bring in up there."

However, with the coaching change ongoing in Starkville, Hardy says he hasn't heard from State coaches in sometime and is currently only hearing from Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Hardy had flirted some with LSU during the season, taking an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge in mid-September, but apparently interest between Hardy and the Tigers has mutually cooled.

The Rival100 prospect, rated four-stars and the eighth best running back in the nation, has picked up offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tulane, Alabama, Auburn and Southern Miss; however, the battle for his signature has most often appeared to be a battle among the three in-state schools.

His team lost in the second round of the playoffs and Hardy said the finished the season with 1,752 yards on just 176 carries.

While Hardy professes to be open in his recruitment, he has plenty of positive things to say about the Rebels. However, the soft spoken Hardy is not one to provide lengthy answers ... for example ...

Could you see yourself fitting in at Ole Miss?

"Oh, yeah."

What do you like about Ole Miss?

"I like the way they run the football."

"What role do you see for yourself if you ended up at Ole Miss"

"Probably like Cordera (Eason)"

Have you talked to Ole Miss coaches recently?

"I talked to coach (Kim) Dameron on Friday."

What is coach Dameron telling you?

"Just the same stuff, that they really like me."

Although Hardy was just up at Ole Miss last Friday, if he has his way, he'll be back on campus this coming weekend.

"I'm trying to set up an official visit for this week," Hardy said. "I've got to make sure I'm good with the (NCAA) clearinghouse before I can go."

Under NCAA rules, prospects taking an official visit must be registered with the NCAA clearinghouse and provide evidence that they have taken the ACT or practice version of the test.

Hardy said that if it works out for him to visit this weekend, he'll be accompanied by his parents on the trip.

The No. 66 overall prospect nationally said that he remains in no hurry to make a verbal commitment, and he likely won't make an announcement of where he will attend college until around National Signing Day, which is on Feb. 4.

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