I've never heard anyone rate him particularly highly. This is generally why a lot of people are speculating that he won't stick. It's not because he doesn't want to. He's got some good offers but he's 2nd tier this year and I don't think schools like LSU or A&M are going to need to take any 2nd tier kids in the end given local options.
Hardeman is absolutely a take at this point. He's not an elite tall cover guy, but he's built very closely to Mathieu and could wreak havoc in the slot as a nickel or dime guy, which every team needs these days with spread teams. Hardeman also is recruiting heavily for LSU, some TOP tier guys like the top guys in TX and OOS guys like Adoree Jackson. A big recruiter like that is always a big asset, he's a take just based on that but the fact he's a good football player is just icing on the cake. Our nickel cover guy last year Jalen Collins was mediocre and replaceable to say the least...looks like he may have to play another year there though. Hopefully he makes big strides.
Then again, I don't know how many DBs LSU plans to sign (we only plan on 4 and we already have 3 of them). This is the kind of kid that ends up at TCU imo. Talented but a little undersized.
TCU has elite defenses usually, I dont think thats a knock at all. Patterson knows defense as good as anyone. And like said above, we always find DBs no one else wants. Jalen Mills started a true freshman at CB this last year, TX schools didn't bother with him. Morris Claiborne another great example. Tyrann Mathieu...
We play to take a ton of DBs. We are thin at safety and should take at least 2 there, probably 3. CB another 2, possibly 3. Looking like 5 DBs minimum and most likely 6. We stand to hit some big time guys between Paris, Brown, Voorhies (committed), Jackson, Simmons, Jones, etc...
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