When a player has a performance in a title game that some have referred to as the best in Pennsylvania history, he’s going to get some extra attention, and that’s been the case for Penn Hills star athlete Daequan Hardy.
Hardy’s stat line in last weekend’s PIAA final was ridiculous: three catches for 109 yards, two of them for touchdowns. On defense, Hardy pulled in 3 interceptions, including one that he returned for a 100-yard touchdown.
”It was definitely a special night and one that I won’t forget,” said Hardy. “I probably opened the eyes of some colleges. Personally, it was great and I’m just glad I was able to go out the best way possible. … I wasn’t trying to think about it (individual performance), I was just thinking about trying to make more players to help us win.”
Hardy was already receiving attention from Power Five programs, and not surprisingly that’s increased since Penn Hills defeated Manheim Central, 36-31.
Earlier, Hardy received offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State but it’s not likely those offers are still committable. However, over the last few days, schools such as Penn State, Memphis, Iowa State, Toledo and Kent State have called Penn Hills about Hardy.
What about Pitt?
Hardy told PSN that Pat Narduzzi had a brief text exchange with his coach after the game, but nothing has developed since then.
”I’d love to get an offer from Pitt,” Hardy said. “To have my hometown school offer me would mean a lot.”
Hardy’s talent is undeniable but the apparent issue most programs have is his size at 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds. But he doesn’t believe that should matter.
“I think a lot of people worry too much about measurables but it should come down to can you play football,” said Hardy.
Hardy says he’d like to play defensive back in college, but schools see him as a potential weapon on offense.