Even as one sport has concluded for the season and another begins, McCallie (Tenn.) 2020 three-star defensive end Jay Hardy hasn’t lost sight of his future. He took a pair of unofficial visits this past weekend, as his offer total also continues to grow.
Now at 10 offers, Hardy visited Virginia Tech on Friday and Vanderbilt on Saturday. Both gave him a better sense of some of his options, but Hardy is far from any type of decision, though he still knows what he’s looking for.
“I want good academics and a big-time place to play,” he said. “I want good coaches. Most schools have what I want, academic-wise. It’s going to be either engineering or architecture.”
The visit to Blacksburg Friday was Hardy’s first there since he attended one of the Hokies’ camps last summer.
“I had a great time, with the game and the environment,” he said. “I got to sit down with Coach (Justin) Fuente, talk with Coach (Charley) Wiles and Coach (Tyrone) Nix. I like how they take care of the players. When we got there, me and my cousin, you could tell they care about athletics. There were X-Boxes, PS4’s and they had all kinds of food for the players and recruits.”
Nix and assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg have been Hardy’s primary contacts, but especially after his visit, Hardy said he likes the vibe he’s gotten from the whole staff.
“I talked for a while with Coach Nix, Coach Wiles and Coach Fuente when I was there,” Hardy said. “I’m one of their main priorities. I think I was the first person they talked to when I walked in, and they stayed with me most of the time.”
“I feel like I could focus on academics and be a good football player there,” he said. “The atmosphere and how the fans were towards the team, that surprised me.”
On Saturday, Hardy visited Vanderbilt for its win over Tennessee. The visit was his second time seeing the Commodores in person....
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