A product of Punta Gorda (FL) Charlotte High School and Dodge City (Kan.) Junior College, the 6-4 290-pound Hardison chose Todd Graham’s Sun Devils over South Florida, Kansas State and West Virginia. He had offers from close to 25 schools.
Relishing the opportunity to play alongside Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Will Sutton, Hardison originally committed to Arizona State in January 2013. He visited the Tempe campus in November 2012.
On DevilsDigest.com, Hardison had commented, “I always liked Arizona State, but taking visits to other schools made me think about it. When you say that you have a number one school, other schools will take shots at it and show negativity towards them. The more I thought about it I knew that Arizona State had the best opportunity for me. I just liked everything about them.”
As a freshman at Dodge City College in 2011, Hardison reported a 40-yard time of 4.7 seconds. He posted 46 tackles and three sacks from his defensive end position.
With its 62-26 defeat of the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Arizona State closed last year’s football season on a successful note. Under the hand of first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils achieved an 8-5 record, won their first bowl game since 2005, and most importantly, set the stage for further achievements in the coming years.
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