January 7, 2009

Hardy gets questions answered

Kendrick Hardy watched with interest in recent weeks as Ole Miss pulled down commitments from other running backs.

The Rebels landed commitments from Gabriel Hunter and Tim Simon early in the process and then added four-star Rodney Scott and versatile junior college standout Demond Washington.

So Hardy wondered where, if at all, he fit in Ole Miss' plans. Those concerns were addressed Tuesday when Ole Miss safeties coach Kim Dameron visited with the four-star standout at his home in Monticello, Miss.

"It went good," Hardy said. "They told me how they were going to use the backs they had committed and how some were going to play another position. That's really what I wanted to know. They want to use me as a power back in the I-formation. I'm good with that."

Hardy, who visited Ole Miss officially in December, has moved his visit with Southern Mississippi up to this weekend. The Golden Eagles appear to be the Rebels' chief competitor, though Hardy insisted again Tuesday night that he's feeling no pressure to make a decision anytime soon.

"It depends on who calls," Hardy said. "If anybody else calls, I'll take those visits. Nobody else has called me yet. …I might wait awhile."

Hardy just returned from the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, one of three Mississippi players in the game.

"I did some things that I had never done before, like playing in the shotgun," Hardy said, adding that the week in Texas showed him "I probably need to learn to read the defenses a little better."

During their time in the Alamo city, Hardy hung out with Macon, Miss., four-star wide receiver Patrick Patterson.

"I asked him where he was thinking about going," Hardy said. "He didn't say. He didn't know yet."

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