It didn’t take long for Sage Hardin from Marist High School in Atlanta to accept Georgia’s scholarship offer and commit to the Bulldogs.
The offensive lineman from Marist High School in Atlanta already had offers from schools such as Tennessee, Duke, Miami, North Carolina State and Virginia when Georgia decided to offer last week. The Bulldogs just offered too much for Hardin to turn them down.
“I picked Georgia because of the tradition, the coaching staff, and the people who Coach Richt has surrounded himself with,” Hardin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s relatively close to home. I like being close to my family.
“I can come home whenever I want to. I have a lot of friends that go there. I’m very interested in the business school. I can reach all my goals athletically and academically there.”
Hardin, whose father was a college lineman, told the AJC he impressed Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend with his versatility. Hardin will likely play center in college but could play another position.
“Coach Friend was saying that I could play all five positions on the offensive line,” Hardin said. “Interestingly enough, he mentioned that I was the smartest kid he had ever recruited.
“To play center, you have to be really smart. He really thought I could be a good center, especially with the background of my dad.”
Tennessee believes Chance Hall from Northside High School in Roanoke, Va., can be a good offensive lineman. That’s why the Vols were happy to accept his commitment on Thursday.
Hall chose Tennessee over Vanderbilt. He also had offers from schools such as Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“I’ve been to Tennessee three or four times, and after each time, I just felt more and more comfortable, and I’ve had a lot of good communication with the coaches and some of the players there,” Hall told 247Sports. “And I love the fan support there and the atmosphere. And I want to play big-time football, and the SEC is the best conference.”
Tennessee’s 2015 class is up to 19 commitments. Hall was adamant the Vols won’t have to worry about losing his pledge.
“I’m very firm in my decision,” he said. “It’s been tough. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been very tough. But I’m happy with my decision. Tennessee is the place for me.”
Time for The Opening
There will be 162 prospects arriving at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on Saturday to compete at The Opening.
Several top prospects will be announcing their college decisions at the camp, which will run through Thursday.
Here’s a prediction on which prospects will choose SEC schools:
CB Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La.) – LSU over Texas and Texas A&M
DT Kahlil McKenzie (Concord, Calif.) – Tennessee over Arizona
LB Josh Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Vanderbilt over Kentucky, Ole Miss, Penn State and Purdue
RB A.J. Turner (Clifton, Va.) – South Carolina over Clemson, Michigan State, Ohio State and Virginia
For a full look at the 162 prospects competing at The Opening, click here.
Ohio State has a big day
The SEC remains king in recruiting, but that isn’t slowing down the momentum of Ohio State.
That was proven when the Buckeyes landed highly-touted prospects Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard on Wednesday.
Cornell is ranked the nation’s No. 3 weakside defensive end by 247Sports. The Saint Paul, Minn., standout chose Ohio State over Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
Hilliard, who's ranked the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, chose Ohio State over Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame, along with several other offers.
“They’re a winning program,” Hilliard told the website about Ohio State. “I believe a national championship is coming for us. I’m really excited about that.”
Ohio State moved up to No. 13 in the nation in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings despite only having 12 commitments in the 2015 class.