ROUND ROCK, Texas — Lewisville, Texas Four Star Security Jaydan Hardy has been active this offseason between visits and competition in 7 against 7.
Last weekend, Hardy played a key role in pushing RAW Miami into the OT7 Region Championship game in Austin.
“I try to grow a lot with my speed and that helps me a lot,” Hardy said of his offseason. “Going against top talent, being able to practice my man and zone techniques at a high level.”
On the recruiting side, Oklahoma is a program that has really stood out lately Brent VenablesNorman’s debut showed Hardy that a bright future is in store.
“I like the culture they have there, man,” he said. “Coach Venables seems to really have something to do. With him coming in and not having the right players to support his style of coaching, and now I see he’s got the players and coaching building behind what he believes in.”
defensive co-coordinator Jay Valai has built a longstanding relationship with Hardy dating back to his time at Alabama.
“He’s my guy,” Hardy said. “He offered me to come back when I was in first year and he was in Bama. He always said no matter where he went he would recruit me and he stuck to that. is important to me.”
Texas was able to host Hardy on weekends as a safety coach Blake Gideon continues to build on its relationship with the DFW product.
“Talking a bit with Coach Gideon, let’s see if we can restore that relationship,” he said. “When he comes to talk to me, we keep it short and he says keep working. He says he likes high school players more than transfer gate players. He said his system and how he builds it, that’s what he believes in. He prefers to develop me, so that’s a big connection for us.”
Hardy is also looking forward to seeing Tennessee, Oregon, USL and Alabama this spring before making official visits to Oklahoma and Tennessee from now on.
At 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, Hardy is ranked the 145th freshman in the nation for the Class of 2024, according to Rivals. He is the No. 14 ranked safety in the nation and the No. 25 rookie at the state of Texas.