Clemson and USC are among the top five for junior ATH Mecole Hardman (5-11 170) of Berton, GA. Hardman visited USC when the Gamecocks hosted Georgia and he will take in his first Clemson game Saturday.
“South Carolina was crazy,” Hardman said. “Williams-Brice is one of the best atmospheres I’ve seen. They’re fans are crazy and it was great to see them pull out a big win over Georgia.”
This weekend Hardman returns to the Palmetto State.
“This is going to be my first game at Death Valley and I can’t wait to see them run down that hill,” he said. “I talk to Clemson a lot. I talk to coach (Tony) Elliott about once a week and I’ve talked to Dabo Swinney a few times. I’m really feeling Clemson.”
Tennessee leads for Hardman with Clemson, USC, Georgia and Florida all even after the Volunteers. He plans to return to Clemson for the “Battle of the Palmetto State” in November. It will be Hardman’s third look at the Tigers. He was at Clemson’s season-opener in Athens.
His other visits this season have been to Tennessee and Georgia Southern. He also plans to attend the Georgia-Auburn game and the Tennessee-Missouri game this season.
Hardman has been dealing with a knee injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.
“I have only played in two games and got hurt in the first quarter of the third game,” he said. “I’ve been rehabbing and trying to get my speed back up. Hopefully, I’ll be cleared to play next week.”