The Tennessee Vols have have signed 21 players to their 2020 recruiting class, but Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are still looking to add a couple of players in February (traditional signing day).
One of those players is Jay Hardy, a four-star defensive tackle from Chattanooga.
Hardy, 6-foot-4/280 lbs, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation.
The Tennessee native surprised everyone in early November when he committed to the Auburn Tigers. But Hardy’s decision to delay his signing until February gave the Vols a chance get back in the door with the extremely talented recruit.
— Jay Hardy (@_Chilloutjay) December 11, 2019
So what do the Vols need to do to flip Hardy from Auburn to Tennessee?
Hardy recently discussed his upcoming decision with VolQuest and he pointed out something specific that needs to happen for him to join the Volunteers.
Tennessee is set to host Hardy for an unofficial visit in January. On that visit, Hardy says he needs to spend some time around the football team — specifically the older guys on team.
Hardy told VolQuest “I got real tight relationships with guys in my class, but it’s the guys there now……like the juniors and seniors I’d be there with. I don’t know or talk to them.”
The dynamic recruit mentioned that he has a solid relationship with the younger players on the team, but he wants to make sure that relationship extends to the older player on the roster as well.
Pruitt, by the way, still has his in-home visit with Hardy left (Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn has already used his). An unofficial visit, combined with a late in-home visit from Pruitt, could be enough to flip Hardy.
But then again, Hardy’s recruitment has been anything but conventional.
Whatever Hardy decides on signing day will probably be a surprise to everyone around him.
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