June 9, 2010

Rivals250 safety very familiar with Spartans

Michigan State is in good shape with Rivals250 safety prospect Eilar Hardy of Pickerington (Ohio) Central, thanks in part to the Spartans targeting him very early in his recruitment and the strong contact defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and linebackers coach Mike Tressel continue to keep with the 6-foot-, 170-pounder.

According to Hardy, Barnett and Tressel made their presence known during the spring evaluation period, as both coaches fulfilled their allotted visits to Pickerington Central during that time frame, and since then Hardy hasn't hesitated to call the MSU staff to find out more about the Spartans.

"They're definitely one of the schools recruiting me hard," Hardy told SpartanMag.com earlier this week. "One thing is they've been recruiting me since I was a sophomore, so that's another thing. They've been interested in me since I was a sophomore until now, so that's another thing why they're awesome in their relationship with me and they believe in me and things like that."

The Spartans like Hardy, a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, because of his combination of character and strong play and abilities at the safety position.

"Basically they say I'm a good kid, and that's what they're looking for. They're looking for good student-athletes that can help their program out, and that's one thing they say about me. And let alone my athletic ability, but I'm a great kid, I'm a good student, so that's one thing that they need at their school," Hardy said.

"They told me that they like how I attack the run. I'm good run-stopper because at my school I play close to the line. I play an up safety-type. That's one thing they like. And I'm a great player and I know the game of football, that's probably 95 percent of the reason I'm where I'm at right now. Because I've been playing the game since I was four years old, and all since then I've been watching football and learning football and learning from the college level to the NFL level. I just learn from what I watch and learn from my mistakes and things like that."

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