Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Kamal Hardy was ineligible during his junior season, but that didn't stop him from landing a Rutgers verbal offer.
Hardy hopes it's the first of several BCS offers, but he will have to prove he is worthy on the field after missing one of the most important years for a potential college recruit. He is now focused on moving forward and making the most of this season.
"It felt good, it felt really good," Hardy said of receiving the Rutgers offer. "It was my first offer after not playing my junior year. I came back my senior year. I'm learning a new position at corner after coming over from running back."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder spent his sophomore year in the offensive backfield rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns in spot duty.
According to Hardy, Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Dave Cohen was the coach that extended his offer following summer camp in Piscataway.
"I talk to him (Cohen) here and there. I have family in New York," noted Hardy. "I feel like it's a good school for me."
Former St. Thomas Aquinas secondary coach Ed Grayer is now an assistant in the strength and conditioning department for Rutgers and is familiar with Hardy from his time at the Fort Lauderdale powerhouse program.
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