LSU has had tremendous success over the years with cornerbacks, but it will take more than that to convince 2014 recruit Chris Hardeman to return to the program.
The long-time commitment, who made his pledge more than year ago, has decided to look over his options and decommit from LSU, per his Twitter account:
But at this time I've decided to decommit from Louisiana state university.. #GODBLESS🙏— Chris hardeman (@Chris_Hardeman1) August 4, 2013
Even with this decommitment, LSU still has a top-25 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. However, there aren't any committed cornerbacks out of the 13 recruits. Hardeman is considered a 4-star recruit by the 247Sports composite rankings and is labeled a top-50 cornerback in the 2014 recruiting class.
There aren't many details for why the sudden change of heart, but Hardeman's father, Cedric Hardeman caught up with William Wilkerson of ESPN (subscription required) and said his son just wants to make sure he's making the right decision.
For him, being an early commit, I wanted him to always keep an open mind to everything, his father said. Going through the process early, there are certain things that you have on the list that you are having to wait on, that you hold a higher priority on. Him going through the process and having experienced things, and talking with guys he knows that are playing college ball, I think the weight he put on certain things may have changed a little bit. In doing so, you kind of look at a school a little different because your outlook is a little different.
It's not clear what those specifics are exactly, but Hardeman clearly has options and other schools that are interested in his services. Along with LSU, he also has offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Georgia among others.
Hardeman's father says his son will take his time with the decision process and look at each school carefully, per the ESPN report.
Right now we are at ground zero, but we’re not, Cedric said. Chris is blessed to be in a situation where he is at a school that has had kids play ball at a lot of places. That’s allowed him to have certain relationships with coaches throughout the process. He’s open and done a pretty good job of keeping minimal, but some contact with certain schools.
Hardeman hinted at taking a few official visits later in the process. The talented corner already unofficially visited Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas, according to 247Sports.