Mecole Hardman, Jr. told SEC Country a couple of weeks ago that Alabama was in his top three alongside two unnamed schools, and on Thursday night, the Crimson Tide’s standing with him got better.
Hardman, the nation’s No. 1 athlete, has a great relationship with Jeremy Pruitt. According to 247Sports.com’s Tim Watts, Pruitt will be the next defensive coordinator at Alabama. He coached at Alabama from 2007-2012 before taking the same position at Florida State and then UGA.
The 5-star prospect said his positive feelings toward the Crimson Tide just increased with the news of Pruitt returning to Alabama.
“I’ve been feeling Alabama, anyway, but with him being there, that just made my feelings a whole lot better,” Hardman told SEC Country. “Coach Pruitt is a great coach and I’d love to play for him.”
Hardman developed a strong relationship with Pruitt when he was the defensive coordinator at UGA, which is where many recruiting analysts believe he will choose.
His relationship with Pruitt has been a big key in his recruitment thus far, though.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder took to Twitter shortly after UGA fired Mark Richt and showed his support for Pruitt. The defensive coordinator was actually in church with Hardman’s mother when the news of Richt being fired broke.
Another factor that may give Alabama an edge for the U.S. Army All-American; he has made it clear that he thinks the Crimson Tide holds an advantage in one key area.
“Defensively wise, Alabama is the best fit for me because of the schemes they run,” Hardman said. “They play a lot of man. I think I fit that scheme perfectly.”
Hardman is expected to announce his commitment on National Signing Day.