DE Hardison has difficult decision ahead

Top junior college defensive end Marcus Hardison (Dodge City Community College) left Manhattan, Kan., last week scratching his head at all that he now has to contemplate.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound edge rusher, ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Junior College 100, took his official visit to Kansas State over the weekend and came away thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere. He especially reminisced about an hour-long conversation he had with Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder.

“His message to me was basically telling me how great the people are in Manhattan and asking me what my goals were,” Hardison said. “Then we talked a little football. He told me a lot about the school. We really didn’t touch on football but more about life in general. It was a real cool experience. He is real cool. I like him a lot.”

Hardison arrived on Friday around lunchtime and went out to eat with fellow recruits.

“Later on that night we had a dinner and toured the locker room,” he said. “Saturday we had a whole bunch of tours around the facilities. We talked to the trainers. They showed us the new basketball facilities because they are brand new.”

Hardison had already taken official visits to Texas Tech, Arizona State and West Virginia. He said he’ll take his last one to Washington some time in early January and make his decision between Jan. 9-13.

“After the visit, it just made my pick harder,” he said.

Hardison said the top schools he is considering right now are Arizona State, Kansas State, West Virginia, Washington, South Florida and Auburn.