As part of its 2013 recruiting class, Arizona State University signed four-star defensive end Marcus Hardison. 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.
“I always liked Arizona State, but taking visits to other schools made me think about it,” Hardison commented upon signing his national letter of intent with ASU. “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.”
He added, “All the coaches at Arizona State are straight up good guys. They told me that I can accomplish anything I want on and off the field over there (at ASU) if I’m willing to work hard at it. I don’t like when stuff is just given to me so that’s fine by me.”
Hardison looks forward to the opportunity to play alongside 2012 Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Will Sutton, as well as standout linebacker Carl Bradford, freshman All-American Jaxon Hood and other members of the ASU defense. Hardison graduated from Punta Gorda Charlotte High School in 2011 and played quarterback early in his high school career before moving to the defensive line. He also spent time at the tight end position.
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.