For Shamar Hardin, growth has played a pivotal role in his development as a football player. Coming off a rough junior season, the 6-foot-3-inch, 340-pound guard from Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland, reflected on the bright spots of the season.
“As a whole team we didn’t play well, but for me I feel as though I could have been more dominant and definitely there are things that I can do to help my game grow,” Hardin said. “So I think last year was an ok year, it was just more of me becoming better and just more aggressive and just a better overall offensive lineman period.”
Heading into his senior season of football, Hardin explained that he has been working hard during the offseason on getting his game to the next level. He mentioned that he cut weight to make himself a more explosive player.
“My footwork was always great, I was very nimble and fast but at the same time that weight needed to come off of me,” Hardin explained. “I had to move faster laterally.”
At the moment, Hardin has three offers from colleges across the East Coast, including Temple and Buffalo. Hardin mentioned that he and his coach have also been in contact with several big name schools across the nation for possible offers.
“I’ve talked to LSU, my coach has been in heavy contact with their coaching staff and I’ve also talked to Maryland and Coach McCardell,” Hardin said. “My coaches have also talked to plenty of other schools like North Carolina, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State about me.”
Hardin said he plans on attending camps at these schools in order for them to possibly give an offer at some point.
Hardin said he currently does not have an offer that really sticks out to him because of the tendency of colleges in changing their coaching staffs. These changes have resulted in a loss of communication between Hardin and the coaches.
Despite this issue, Hardin’s main focus is on the upcoming season and how he will make an impact for his team, he said.
“I expect to be way more aggressive, even though I’m already aggressive, but I just expect myself to take that to a whole ‘nother level,” Hardin said. “Really dominate everybody anybody in front of me no matter who they are, how big they are, anybody in front of me is not going to get in my way.”
At first, Hardin couldn’t think of the words to describe his play style, but seconds later, he gave a clear and simple answer.
“I would classify it [playing style] as very good and very effective,” Hardin said. “I would say I’m an aggressive player, I can play at the line, I can play with my hand down; I’m a very rugged player.”
Hardin’s growth as a player impacted the way he plays and thinks, he said. His growth and maturity have given him a better understanding of the game and much better awareness of situations on the field.
Looking toward the future, Hardin said he wants to go to a college where he can feel at home. He explained his desire for a school that can propel his game to the next level.
“It has to be a good school that will give me everything I need to get the career I want,” Hardin said. “It just has to feel like home, it has to be somewhere I would want to spend my next four years.”
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