CORRECTION: The headline of this story has been updated at 6:19 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, to correct the spelling of Hardy's last name.
McCallie defensive lineman Jay Hardy, one of the state's top overall college football prospects, will announce his college commitment on Wednesday, November 6 at an 11:15 a.m. ceremony at the school. Hardy posted on his Twitter account Monday morning that he will publicly announce his decision, having narrowed his list of choices to Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Hardy, who is rated a 4-star prospect by most national recruiting services, made his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, attending the Vols win over South Carolina. He also made an unofficial visit to UT for the Oct. 12 win over Mississippi State, and earlier this fall made an official visit to Georgia Tech.
"Jay said he wants to go ahead and make his commitment so he can concentrate fully on the playoffs," Blue Tornado coach Ralph Potter said.
After missing four weeks with a strained MCL in his right knee — suffered on a cheapshot hit by a Forsyth (Ga.) player — Hardy returned to the field Friday for top-ranked McCallie's game against Clearwater (Fla.) and is expected to play in this week's regular-season home finale against Ensworth.
Hardy's older brother, former Baylor fullback Kevin Cooper played at Tennessee.
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