The waiting game paid off for Penn Hills star Daequan Hardy. The three-star prospect tweeted that a long-awaited offer from Penn State had finally arrived on Tuesday afternoon. Within hours, he had committed to the Nittany Lions. Hardy was the heartbeat of the 5A Pennsylvania state champion Indians, and earned 5A Player of the Year honors from the Pennsylvania Football Writers.
this for all my people gone but not forgotten fly high pic.twitter.com/blDSwvVBvc
— DaeDae (3) (@DaequanHardy) February 6, 2019
Hardy had been on Penn State's radar for a several months, but until Signing Day Eve, had yet to extend an offer to the dynamic prospect. While there is no doubting his talent level, there were lingering concerns about his size.
The hardy File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 5-10/160
- Pos: CB
- School: Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8355)
- Composite Rank: No. 1,530 overall (No. 144 CB)
Prior to receiving his last-minute offer from the Lions, two MAC programs were vying for Hardy's services. The Toledo Rockets and Buffalo Bulls both hosted him on January official visits. According to Sean Fitz of Lions247, Hardy also had offers from Army, Bowling Green, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Navy and Nebraska at times during the process
Penn State cornerbacks coach, and Western Pennsylvania native Terry Smith led the charge for the Nittany Lions. He made several visits to Penn Hills to evaluate Hardy, who officially visited State College in late-January.
There is no doubting Hardy's ability. He accounted for 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this past season, including four and three respectively in the Indians' state title victory back in December. It is his 5'10, 160 lbs. frame that kept the power five programs away. If he is able to add needed muscle, and maintain his high end athleticism, the Nittany Lions might have quite the steal.
Hardy is the 22nd player in the 2019 class, which remains entrenched at No. 10 in the 247Sports rankings.
Hardy senior year highlights: