Elberton’s Mecole Hardman, Jr. is one of the most tantalizing rising seniors in the nation on UGA’s board for 2016. UGA and Tennessee have been seen as his co-leaders for the longest time and he will also make a silent commitment by October.
He’s also going to check out a Big 10 school this fall. The four-star athlete told the AJC that he’ll take a trip to Michigan for one of his five official visits.
Hardman will also see a dandy of a game as he does. Hardman said he’ll be up for the Ohio State game this fall. That’s a good local example that already offers up evidence of how effective new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be recruiting down South.
The senior told the AJC over the summer that Auburn made a move in his mind to become his No. 3 school, but Michigan’s entry into the Hardman sweepstakes is definitely interesting. The Michigan angle is unique as Hardman’s ceiling as a college prospect could resemble what Charles Woodson did for the Wolverines a generation ago.
He also told the AJC that the Michigan trip is the only official visit he has set up at this time. He’s not sure about when and where he will go with his remaining four visits. A conservative projection would be that Auburn would get one of his remaining visits along with UGA and Tennessee.
Hardman is rated by the 247sports composite as a four-star recruit, the nation’s No. 2 athlete and the No. 40 overall prospect for 2016. He plays quarterback for Elbert County, but will line up at defensive back or receiver or maybe even both spots on Saturdays.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.