Clemson in the running for Georgia athlete

09/02/2014 11:52 PM

09/02/2014 11:53 PM

Junior ATH Mecole Hardman (5-11 170) of Berton, GA will take his next visit to USC when the Georgia Bulldogs come to town. Both schools have offered Hardman. It will not be his first visit to USC. He checked out the Gamecocks in late July.

"South Carolina is a great school with great academics," he said. "Steve Spurrier is a legendary coach and anyone would love to play for him. I love their coaching staff."

Hardman plays quarterback for his high school but said the Gamecocks are recruiting him at several different positions.

"They like me at wide receiver but told me they would use me wherever they needed me," Hardman said. "They have a great history at defensive back, so that would be a good place to play if I end up playing defense."

Not to be outdone, Clemson also has offered Hardman. He has equally high praise for the Tigers' head man.

"Everybody loves Dabo Swinney," he said. "I love all their coaches. They like me at wide receiver and I love their offense. It's built for the wide receiver and I could see myself playing in that offense."

Though he had great things to say about the two South Carolina schools, Hardman named Tennessee his leader. "I've already visited four or five times and there is something about it," he said. "The atmosphere is incredible and I love the coaches. The fans are great...just walking around campus, they know everything about you."

USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Charlotte, Miami, Penn State, Old Dominion, Wisconsin and Alabama-Birmingham have offered.

As a sophomore he rushed for 1672 yards and 17 touchdowns. Hardman added 508 yards passing and another four scores.

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