Hardy picks PSU over many others

Penn State football fans might hope the Nittany Lions eventually can bring Harrisburg high school All-American Micah Parsons back into the fold as part ot their 2018 recruiting class, but they got a verbal commitment from another one of the country’s best defensive line prospects.

Dorian Hardy, the 6-foot-5, 252-pound standout from national power Paramus Catholic, became the 13th member of the Lions’ class — which has sustained decommitments from Parsons and, more recently, five-star Georgia quarterback Justin Fields — when he announced his college choice on Twitter during an unofficial visit to University Park on Sunday morning.

Later, his mother posted video of the moment when he told Penn State coach James Franklin he was picking the Lions.

While he might eventually grow into a defensive tackle, Hardy currently is ranked as the No. 6 strongside defensive end in the country according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings and the 160th-best prospect regardless of position.

Hardy had more than 20 Division I scholarship offers and has made unofficials visits to Ohio State, Pitt, Florida and Rutgers. Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, LSU and Miami were among the other more prominent programs pursuing him.

Hardy actually played last season at Saint Joseph High School, where he was a teammate of 2017 Penn State recruit Robert Martin. Penn State also made inroads with Paramus Catholic — the New Jersey state champion in its classification — by signing defensive tackle Corey Bolds out of the school earlier this year.

Saint Joseph also was a New Jersey state champion. Hardy made 37 tackles last season, including eight for loss while registering 3.5 sacks.

“Hardy plays with intelligence, had good balance and he sees plays develop quickly,” said Scout.com national recruiting analys Brian Dohn. “He is quick with his hands and he knows how to disengage and follow a play to its completion. He is poweful with his initial thrust toward the line of scrimmage, and he uses his length well. His pad level is low, but could be a bit lower. He also needs to continue to develop his get-off at the snap of the ball, and improve his change of direction. He closes well on the ball carrier, and his strength is an asset. He does not have pure speed off the edge, but he has enough to get around the tackle, and his strength allows him to cut inside and use his power.”

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