Located about 160 miles north of Jackson, Sardis has become the epicenter of a recruiting boomlet with Hardy being much in demand after a junior season in which he recorded 148 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss. Hardy also recorded 9 sacks, returned an interception for a touchdown, and recovered four fumbles. He was named to the all-district team as an offensive lineman.
Hardy and a teammate, receiver Bruce Wilbourn, tripped to the combine together.
The Army All-American Combine seeks to invite the Top 500 junior prospects nationally to participate in a week-long experience that generates testing information and performance analysis for recruiting services such as Scout.com.
The Army combine is the only national combine modeled on the annual NFL combine.
When interviewed at the combine Templeton cited having recruiting interests in Ole Miss, Mississipi State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Tulane. So with a folllow up interview on the agenda, Tulane Insider's Frank Rotolo caught up with Templeton Sunday evening for a brief chat.
TI: Templeton, what was your experience at the Army All-American Combine like?
TH: It was good. I had fun. I met a bunch of people I didn't know. I saw all the good prospects, the top guys.
TI: What was your junior football season like?
TH: My junior year was alright. I made all-district as an offensive tackle, but we were in a growing period and only won one game. We're going to be better next year.
TI: What are your summer plans like?
TH: I'm going to some camps - like Nike, Ole Miss, and some others, I don't know. I think the University of Tennessee defensive elite camp.
TI: Tell us what stands out about each of the schools you're interested in.
TH: Mississippi State: They want you to get the best education you can and excel on the field.
Alabama: They want you to get a good education so if you don't make it to the NFL and get or make it and get hurt, then you have something to fallback on.
Ole Miss: They emphasize success on the field and in the classroom.
Tulane: They used to have a good football program. You can get a good education, and they want you to do good.
San Diego State: I don't know much about them.
Defensive tackles with this kind of size are a scarce football commodity, a prospect who weighs 280-pounds and runs a 5.2 40, a big tackle whose high school coach describes his physical attributes "as scary" is going to get a lot of recruiting attention. Chances are that as times rolls on towards National Signing Day next February 7, you'll be hearing a lot more about Templeton Hardy.