ESPN Watch List cornerback and LSU commit Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) didn’t get the chance to make it Saturday to Baton Rouge, La., to watch the Tigers square off against Alabama. Alief Taylor had Saturday business of its own, as Hardeman's team defeated Houston Aldine MacArthur, 49-21, that afternoon.
Hardeman, however, did have a chance to check out his future team on television Saturday night, and while the Tigers fell short, 21-17, he was impressed with the game’s outcome and the fight the Tigers showed -- particularly since they trailed 14-3 at halftime.
“They definitely played well. It was a good game,” Hardeman said of LSU. “Both teams played hard. Alabama is No. 1 in the country for a reason, but I was happy to see [LSU] compete against a really good Alabama team. They played hard.
“The secondary played ball out there. Jalen Mills is a true freshman, but he’s been playing real well. From top to bottom, the guys stepped up.”
Hardeman, a 5-foot-9, 183-pound junior, then added: “I’m 100 percent LSU.”
Hardeman committed to the Tigers on July 16, choosing LSU over offers from Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and several other schools. He has been key in Taylor’s quest for a district championship, which it can clinch next weekend with a win against Alief Hastings.
“I haven’t really gotten much action on my side of the field,” Hardeman said. “Most coaches tell me they’re not going to pick on me. Last year, I got picked on a lot. Sometimes it gets frustrating, but I’m just going to keep going out and working hard on my game.”