NC Tailback Ready for First Visit

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New Bern (NC) tailback/defensive back prospect Montario Hardesty will make his first official visit this weekend, as he goes to visit a traditional Big 12 power.

“I’m going to Nebraska this weekend,” Hardesty said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m excited about it.”

Currently, the 6-0, 200-pound back does not have any other visits scheduled. He did list the schools from which he will likely choose his final 4 visits.

“The last 4 visits will probably come from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and N.C. State,” Hardesty said. “All of them have offered except for Ohio State. They’re trying to get me up to an unofficial visit though.”

Virginia was in the mix before, but the interest from Hardesty has cooled since the Cavaliers have not been in touch as much as some other schools.

“They haven’t really called since the first week teams could call,” Hardest said. “They aren’t really on my list anymore because of that.”

Virginia Tech remains in the hunt and has been heavily recruiting Hardesty.

“Virginia Tech has called me every weekend,” Hardesty said. “The fact that their coaches call a lot shows me that they’re interested. They have a real good program and Coach Wiles is real cool. Their running back situation seems to be a pretty good one.”

Though he names no favorites, Hardesty did say “basically, I really like the 7 or 8 schools I mentioned. Those are the ones I’m really considering.”

Unofficially, Hardesty visited N.C. State for the Ohio State game. He has been to 2 N.C. State games this year.

“N.C. State is one of the schools I like better on my list,” Hardesty said. “It’s not because they are an in-state school. I mean, I like UNC too, but I like N.C. State not because they are in-state.”

Hardesty plans on making unofficial visits to Tech in November and Tennessee for the Notre Dame game on November 6th. No other trips have been scheduled.

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Season

Hardesty says he is being recruited primarily as a tailback by most programs. So far, he’s showing why that’s the case.

“I have like 800 yards on the year,”

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