It seems only last spring Mecole Hardman, Jr. popularized the thought of a secret or silent commitment. The major UGA target hoped to give his commitment in confidence to the head coach of his chosen school and then recruit behind the scenes to build the class he would be a part of.
The 5-star prospect would then make his decision known to the public on National Signing Day in February.
That’s not happening anymore. Hardman, who’s Elbert County team is still alive in the Georgia state playoffs, tweeted out Monday evening that he will no longer be making a silent commitment.
What was the reason?
“Just my decision is getting harder,” Hardman told DawgNation.
Hardman, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 athlete for the Class of 2016, recently told SEC Country Alabama was now a major factor in his recruitment. UGA and Tennessee have long been considered the front-runners, but that may not longer be the case. He said recently that only one of those two schools was still very high on his list.
The senior has taken one official visit to Miami (Fla.) earlier this season. He plans to visit Michigan this weekend for the Ohio State game.
I will not be doing my silent commitment any longer!
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@iiAm_Mesho) November 23, 2015
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.