2. Mecole Hardman
Other top offers
Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss
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, including the open practice on Aug. 15, the Oklahoma game, the Georgia game and several others trips, and Tennessee seems to be right in the thick of his recruiting still, though he told RTI in July that he’s going to wait until signing day to make a final decision. He certainly helped his stock at the finals of The Opening, finishing eighth overall in the Nike SPARQ rankings and recording a blazing-fast 4.32 40 time.
RTI average: 4-stars
How He Fits
Hardman (5-10, 175) doesn’t have elite size, but he’s a pure burner. His 40 time is a confirmed (via The Opening) 4.32 seconds, and 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, and we think that’s the position he would end up playing if he lands in Knoxville.