Hardy joins Irish recruiting class as 11th commitment
Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have picked up their 11th recruiting commitment for the 2011 class, with Ohio safety Eilar Hardy committing to Notre Dame today, multiple websites reported.
Hardy was the second commitment of the week for the Irish, joining Florida outside linebacker Clay Burton as a player coming to Notre Dame at a position of need. Hardy had 18 offers including Arizona, Michigan State, Iowa, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, before pulling the trigger on the Irish after a second visit, and comes out of Ohio, a state that’ll need to be a recruiting priority for this coaching staff.
Hardy fills a position of need, coming into the Irish secondary as a guy who plays physical as strong safety that needs to add some bulk in the weight room. A quick look at his game tape gives you a few highlights of a player that seems comfortable playing down in the box, but also seems to have pretty good wheels and ball skills.
If you’re into stars, ESPN has Hardy as a three-star recruit, Rivals and Scout have him listed as four-stars. Here’s a quick rundown from ESPN, who seemed pretty high on him for a three-star grade.
Hardy was recruited by running backs coach Tim Hinton, with defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco on the trail as well.