Marcus Hardison, the 6-foot-5, 283-pound defensive end from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, is set to make his college decision at the end of the week. After a December 1st visit for the Texas game and a December 15th official visit to Kansas State, Hardison still has the Wildcats among his four finalists. He spoke with KStateFans.com on his top four and what will put one of the school's over the top for his commitment.
"South Florida is home," said Marcus Hardison, a native of Punta Gorda, Fla. "I like the new coaches. I already knew a lot of them from past relationships at other schools."
"I love Coach Slaughter, my would-be position coach," Hardison said of the Mountaineers. "We have a great relationship. When I went to visit Morgantown, I thought it was very nice place to go to school."
"It's a place I can really see myself at," Hardison said of the Sun Devils. "I love their defensive scheme with a lot of blitz packages. I also love their plan for me which is to move me around on the line to make plays."
"I really love everything about Kansas State," declared Hardison. "The community is welcoming. The people are awesome. The football program is one of the finest in the country. I've talked to Coach Bill Snyder a lot during my recruitment. I think he's a first-class man and a terrific football coach."
Hardison said he's not going to have a big press conference to announce his decision. He'll simply call the staff of the school he chose and inform them of his decision.
"My family has there take on where I should go to school," Hardison explained. "I listen to their opinion but in the end it's going to be my call. It's just to be the school where I feel I'll have the highest comfort level. To me comfort level means I place I can see myself being for the next two years where I can handle my business with coaches who I feel like can help me get to the next level."
The loss of Joe Bob Clements to Oklahoma State could prove costly for the Wildcats in landing Hardison. Clements spent a lot of time with Hardison during his time in Manhattan about playing defensive end for him. Not all is lost, however, Hardison has formed close relationships with Coach Dickey, his recruiter, and, of course, Bill Snyder.
Hardison made 38 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, and blocked four field goal attempts as a sophomore for the Dodge City Conquistadors. He was named second team All-Jayhawk Conference at defensive tackle.