September 4, 2008

Ole Miss coaches call Hardy

Ole Miss wasted no time in calling one of their top targets for the 2009 recruiting class once college coaches could begin making calls to recruits on Sept. 1.

"I got a call from coach Kim (Dameron)," Monticello, Miss. (Lawrence County) running back Kendrick Hardy said on Wednesday. "He talked to me about the Memphis game and wanted to know how my game went. He told me they had a good game."

Hardy said Dameron didn't talk about committing or a timeline, rather just about how Ole Miss and his team played last weekend..

Hardy, who has long thought to be an Ole Miss lean, still isn't placing a timeline on committing and isn't ready to declare his recruitment over, despite Ole Miss being the only team that has contacted him early in the contact period.

Hardy, a 6-foot, 210 pound four-star rated prospect, has offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Southern Miss, Tulane and Mississippi State.

While Hardy said that he can see himself playing at Ole Miss, he is still waiting to hear from Florida and LSU, although he did say he would like to stay in state.

Going in Ole Miss favor is that Hardy has been on campus twice since last spring - first for a junior day in the spring, then again in the summer for the Rebels' senior camp in late July. He attended the camp; however, didn't participate in any workouts.

Hardy says his current plans are to wait until after the decision to make a decision.

However, he does have plans to make at least one, perhaps two more visits to Ole Miss.

"I'd like to get up for an unofficial visit, but I haven't decided which game that will be," he said. "Then, I'd like to go up for an official visit, maybe in "December or January.

"I don't have a leader or would put a school on top," Hardy said in an earlier interview and reiterated that position on Wednesday.. "Ole Miss has made a good impression on me though. I am still interested in all the schools that have offered and I want to wait a while. I want to check them out during the season and see what they all have to offer."

Unfortunately for Hardy, his season didn't get off the way he wanted and he didn't have good news to pass on to Ole Miss coaches who contacted him about his team's first game.

Hardy said his Lawrence County team lost to Petal, 27-14 and that he personally struggled running the ball.

"We didn't do too good, the offensive line was blocking all right," he said. "The other team was just making plays and I just had a bad game."

As a junior Harday carried the ball 175 times for 2,103 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt has said he will sign two running backs each year.

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