Scout.com 4-star safety prospect Eilar Hardy
of Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School has seen enough. After tossing and turning the past several days, Hardy has made up his mind and ended his recruitment.
"I'm committing to Notre Dame," Hardy told Irish Eyes late Thursday night. "Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the country and after going up for my second visit I learned it was the right place for me to continue my academic and football career. Notre Dame was just too hard to pass up with all of its tradition and opportunities it gives a student athlete on and off the field."
A week ago Hardy would have been hard pressed to think he was going to pledge Irish.
"Michigan State was the other school I was really looking at. I know Michigan State would have been a good fit for me as I found it to be a lot like my high school. Coach Dantonio and his staff did a great job of recruiting me. But, after talking things over with my family I felt I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new and see how that works out for me."
Hardy's commitment ends a long recruiting process for Irish running back coach Tim Hinton. Hinton, along with the coaches at Notre Dame that came from Cincinnati has been working hard to build a lasting relationship with Hardy and his family.
"Coach Hinton is a great guy. I love Coach Hinton. We've had a relationship now for a couple of years and I've just had a great time with him. On my visits I've also had a chance to start building a relationship with Coach Martin. Last weekend my father and I got the chance to really sit down and talk with Coach Hinton and Coach Martin and everything just blew us away. With me being so close to Coach Hinton and the rest of the staff it made it easy to choose Notre Dame. I'm ready to be part of the Notre Dame family."
During his trip last weekend Eilar and his father was given the perfect view of Notre Dame.
"Coach Martin and Coach Hinton took my father and me up on the roof of the library during our tour to see the whole campus. It was mind blowing looking out on the campus and seeing how great the campus looked. You can see how much pride the university has taken in it and everything they do."
While his mother and father had their favorite, they left the decision all in Eilar's hands.
"My parents have been great during all of this. There was no pressure from them as to the school I'd pick. It was all up to me to make my decision after I'd gather all the facts I felt I needed."
Those facts were answered just last weekend.
"I had the chance to spend some time with Lo Wood and some of the other players. I found them to all be great and they treated me as if I was already one of their teammates. I could see they have a lot of respect for each other and that I'd fit in with those who are already there."
As for his future when he reports to Notre Dame a year from now.
"Coach Martin says they like me as a corner in their defensive scheme. They like the bigger corners and feel I have the size they need. I know I'll have to do some work on my footwork since I've been playing safety in high school and continue working on my speed."
Eilar Hardy knows big things are expected out of those who attend Notre Dame.
"Notre Dame was my choice because of the million things they have to offer. I know I'll be given the chance to go there and become a great player. All of the games are on television every week and the program is a great program with a winning coach that I believe in. We're going to win."
As for a message to the fans of Notre Dame, Eilar had this to say.
"Tell the fans of Notre Dame that I'm ready to work hard, learn, and do everything right on and off the field to make my family, coaches, friends and the fans of Notre Dame proud."
Many times player's picks a school because of the things they see related only to football. Eilar Hardy was given the perfect view of Notre Dame to open his eyes to the greatness surrounding him.
After making a weekend visit to the Notre Dame campus, Eilar Hardy made the choice to end his recruitment.
Eilar Hardy has ended his recruitment with his decision to attend Notre Dame.