Three-star Marist OL Sage Hardin picks Georgia

DEAN LEGGE
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Three-star Marist OL Sage Hardin picked Georgia on Friday over a slew of schools including Cal and Tennessee. Hardin’s commitment moves Georgia up to No. 8 in Scout.com’s national recruiting rankings.

It is the Bulldogs’ 13th commitment of the year.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hardin didn’t have an offer from Georgia until two days after the Mark Richt Camp in June. That came just before a trip to the west coast to visit both Cal and Stanford. The Mark Richt Camp was set up as a tryout of sorts for Hardin.

He seemed to get a heavy amount of reps during drills, and held his own even though he seemed exhausted.

“He battled. Mark Richt, Will Friend, Mike Bobo and Tracy Rocker worked Hardin and watched his every rep it seemed,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said. “They really pushed him until he couldn’t go anymore.”

The criticism of Hardin is that he plays for a school that runs an option-based offense ­— Marist. The War Eagles rarely throw the ball, so that means Hardin will have to develop not just physically, but in pass protection as well.

“He is still learning pass protection and struggled there at times,” Simmons said. “But he is athletic, flexible and smart. His upside seems high, but Hardin needs time to develop his technique and physically.”

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