The Tennessee Vols’ pursuit of four-star defensive lineman Jay Hardy has been full of twists and turns.

Hardy, a native of Chattanooga, indicated to reporters that he was going to commit to Tennessee last November. It shocked everyone when Hardy spurned the Vols and committed to Auburn.

Then, in December, Hardy decided to not sign with Auburn during the early signing period. He indicated to VolQuest last week that he was still deciding where he wants to sign in February.

Hardy told VolQuest “I’ll hear what everyone has to say”, adding “In the end, I want to see what place is more comfortable for me.”

On Saturday, VolQuest’s Austin Price reported that Hardy actually did sign with Auburn back in December.

Hardy, however, immediately denied on Twitter that he’s signed.

That’s not the end of this bizarre saga, either.

Shortly after Hardy’s denial, a screenshot circulated of a database showing that Hardy had signed his national letter of intent in December.

VolQuest usually doesn’t report something unless it’s solid. I’m not sure exactly is going on with Hardy, but this seems like a ship that’s sailed for Tennessee.

But then again, this is recruiting we’re talking about, so anything could happen.

College football recruiting remains one of the weirdest things in all of sports.

Update: Auburn announced Hardy’s signing on Saturday.

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