Mecole Hardman, Jr., checked off a few firsts on Saturday during his unofficial visit to Auburn.
Take in a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium? Check.
Watch Nova the War Eagle fly? Check.
Gaze over Auburn’s $13.9 million scoreboard? Check.
“It was the first time I saw a game at Auburn,” Hardman, Jr., told SEC Country. “It wasn’t as loud as I thought it would be, but the jumbotron they have is crazy.”
Festivities aside, the five-star athlete from Bowman, Ga., said he had the opportunity to speak with members of the Auburn coaching staff and visiting recruits alike, including Georgia’s top prospect Derrick Brown.
But why take the unofficial visit in the first place?
Hardman, Jr., said the trip was a chance to get eyes on two programs he’s considering in his recruitment. Saturday’s outcome also affirmed to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior that UGA was back on course in light of the recent rumors surrounding the coaching staff, particularly defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“It’s good to see them getting back their stride,” Hardman said.
Hardman told SEC Country he’ll likely take a few more unofficial visits to both UGA and Tennessee — two of his top schools — later this fall. He even proposed the possibility of taking another to Florida.
He is rated as the No. 1 athlete in this year’s recruiting cycle.