16 for 2016: Mecole Hardman

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    Photo posted by Hardman on Twitter

    Photo posted by Hardman on Twitter

    Before spring practice starts, RockyTopInsider.com will take a look at 16 uncommitted prospects to watch in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Click here for the full 2016 commitment list.

    Athlete – 2016 Class
    5-11, 170 pounds
    Elberton, Ga. (Elbert County)

    Other top offers
    Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss

    Status
    There aren’t a ton of certainties in recruiting, but Hardman clearly loves the Vols – naming them his leader in the summer of 2014, regularly posting pictures of himself in UT gear on Twitter and keeping the Vols right near the top of his list as his recruitment has heated up. He’s been on campus multiple times and Tennessee seems to be the early team to beat for Under Armour All-American selection, at least at this stage of the recruiting game. He’s expected to be at Tennessee the weekend of Feb 20 for Junior Day, one of what could be several more visits to Knoxville before he makes his final call.

     Ratings

    247Sports: ★★★★
    ESPN.com: ★★★★
    Rivals.com★★★★
    Scout.com: ★★★★

    RTI average: 4-stars

     How He Fits

    Hardman (5-11, 170) doesn’t have the size of somebody like Joejuan Williams, but he’s a pure burner. His 40 time is 4.37 seconds, according to his Hudl profile, and even if that’s a bit inflated, it’s very believable that he can run in an elite range based on his high school film.

    He does a little bit of everything in high school, including playing quarterback, and he could play on either side of the ball in college, though UT likes him at WR.

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