The University of Georgia is among dozens and dozens of schools vying for the collegiate football services of Mecole Hardman Jr., a 5-star athlete prospect from Elbert County High in Georgia. The University of Georgia also just announced that it had reached a mutual decision to end a longterm relationship with head football coach Mark Richt. Hardman, for one, wasted little time Sunday in responding to news of Richt’s departure.
“I’m here in Elbert County. I was in church with Mecole’s (mom),” Pruitt said around 1 p.m. Sunday. “I’m just recruiting. Not sure what to tell you.”
That second tweet is a pretty straightforward threat from Hardman that he will write off the Bulldogs if they are no longer the home of Pruitt. It is possible that Pruitt could remain if Georgia hires Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as head coach. Pruitt and Smart worked together at Alabama.
Hardman, who visited Michigan for the Ohio State game over the weekend, later told Rivals.com that he hopes Georgia keeps the coaching staff together.
Does that mean that Hardman, a top-25 overall recruit in the Class of 2016, will definitely head out of state? Not necessarily, but it certainly pushes the Bulldogs out of the front-runner position, if not off the first page altogether.