Hardesty, Williams Lead New Bern

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Montario Hardesty combines good size with excellent speed, making him an excellent prospect on the Division I-A level. UNC and NC State certainly think so, with both already extending official scholarship offers in the early going. Many ACC programs, including Virginia and Virginia Tech, are in the mix as well.

“He has two offers – NC State and UNC,” Williams said. “Everybody’s been calling, including most of the ACC schools. Virginia and Virginia Tech have shown interest…more from Virginia Tech I would say. Right now, he’s very open in terms of where he’s going to go to school.”

As a junior, the New Bern High School (NC) star rushed for 1,983 yards on 240 carries. A versatile back, he added 16 receptions for 304 yards. He scored 20 touchdowns on the year.

Williams stated Hardesty stands 6-1 and weighs a solid 197 pounds. Hardesty runs a consistent 4.4 in the 40 yard dash and has posted a low of 4.39. A track star, he posted a 10.99 in the 100 meters.

Hardesty uses his size and speed well on both sides of the ball. His future may be as a cornerback on the next level, at least in the opinion of his coach.

“In my opinion, Montario may be a better cornerback than a running back on the next level,” Williams said. “He started at cornerback for us as a sophomore. He faced Mohamed Massoquai that year, and really did an incredible job defending him. I think Massoquai is one of the top athletes in our area.”

Though he did not play cornerback much as a junior, he proved he still had the talent to play the position. In just 35 plays all season, Hardesty made two picks. He will likely only play tailback as a senior, but may project as an athlete on the next level.


Julian Williams…

A name quickly rising in the ranks is New Bern offensive tackle prospect Julian Williams. Williams holds one offer from NC State, but will likely draw many more given his combination of size and speed.

“Julian has played offensive tackle for us over the past two seasons, and he’s gotten appreciably better,” Williams said. “He plays basketball and he’s a good athlete. He’s 6-4, 290 pounds, and he was timed at 4.94 in the 40 yard dash during last year’s Shrine Bowl combine.”

Julian’s strength is his pass blocking ability according