It would appear that Ohio State has shuffled up the nation’s No. 1 athlete’s recruitment after he took an official visit to Columbus this past weekend.
Mecole Hardman, Jr., a five-star prospect from Elbert County High School (Bowman, Ga.), took to Twitter to update his top schools list and include Ohio State. Along with the Buckeyes, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Michigan have also made the cut. Hardman says these are the seven schools that he’ll be choosing from when he announces his decision on National Signing Day.
Two weeks ago, Hardman told SEC Country that Alabama is his leader, which surprised many.
“They are one of the top programs and they stand out to me the most,” Hardman said. “(Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy) Pruitt is now there as well. That’s definitely a boost for them. We’ll see how it goes, though.”
His decision to name Alabama was a surprise because many believed Georgia held the edge when it came to his recruitment. Here’s what he had to say when asked what the Bulldogs needed to do to leapfrog the Crimson Tide.
“They just need to keep being Georgia,” Hardman said. “Alabama is a school that is standing out to me the most, but anything can change. Georgia could become my leader. Tennessee could become my leader. Michigan could, too. But Georgia doesn’t need to do anything. They haven’t been doing anything wrong.”
The 5-foot-10, 169-pounder will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend after canceling his trip to TCU. The Alabama visit is expected to be his last official visit before he makes his final decision.
All rankings come from 247Sports composite.
**Updated list ???? pic.twitter.com/iRnGs3I2iT
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@iiAm_Mesho) January 18, 2016