Alabama fans can blame the weather for this one.
Mecole Hardman, Jr., the nation’s No. 1 athlete from Elbert County High School (Bowman, Ga.), will not make his official visit to Alabama this weekend due to the weather, he announced on Twitter.
So what does his absence likely mean for Alabama’s chances? Well, it’s definitely a huge blow for the Crimson Tide staff to not have the five-star prospect on campus one last time before he makes his decision on National Signing Day. He cannot reschedule the visit for next weekend because he’s participating in the USA vs. Canada game in Dallas on Jan. 30. He’s leaving for Texas on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 169-pounder named Alabama his leader two weeks ago, but most in the recruiting industry feel like when he does announce his commitment, he will choose Georgia. New Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker made their final sales pitch to Hardman on Thursday night.
“(Smart) told me to come to play at Georgia, and have fun,” Hardman said. “He’s not going to stress out about my decision. He said the decision I make is mine, and he’s not going to stress out, regardless of what I do. He’ll support me.”
His parents are expected to make the short drive to Athens, Ga. next week to check out Georgia’s campus one last time before their son signs his papers on Feb. 3.
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