Running back Dwight Tardy (5-11, 200, 4.5) from Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Saint Paul fought through injuries and showed a lot of toughness and grit for his performance in 2003.
Tardy had a superb sophomore season that saw him rush for 1,735 yards and 18 touchdowns. His feat in 2002 saw him be selected all-CIF, all-area and all-league.
Tardy’s 1,735 yards was just shy of a school record.
Adverse situations make character and Tardy had to fight through injuries in 2003.
Tardy was hampered by turf toe as a junior and his season finally ended when he broke his leg in the league final against Saint Francis.
Even though Tardy went through a tough season and only played eight games, he still rushed for 837 yards and nine touchdowns. Tardy was selected all-league as a junior.
Tardy is also a standout in baseball and he was an all-CIF selection as a sophomore on the diamond.
Not only is Tardy great on the diamond and the gridiron, but he is a five time BMX (bicycle) motocross world champion. He has won world meets in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
As a running back, Tardy has some wiggle and power.
So far, early in the recruiting process, Tardy has heard from Nebraska, Colorado, USC, Washington, BYU, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Michigan.
As a matter of fact, Tardy took an unofficial visit to Michigan last weekend and of course he and his family were impressed with the Ann Arbor campus.