Looking Back At Mecole Hardman's Recruiting Pitch To Demetris Robertson: 'Let's Make History'

Looking Back At Mecole Hardman's Recruiting Pitch To Demetris Robertson: 'Let's Make History'

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Looking Back At Mecole Hardman's Recruiting Pitch To Demetris Robertson: 'Let's Make History'


Mecole Hardman, a former five-star athlete from Elberton, Georgia, generated a lot of buzz on National Signing Day in 2016 when he signed his letter of intent with The University of Georgia.

First year coach Kirby Smart had to fend off serious competition to keep Hardman in the Peach State. Top programs like Clemson, Alabama and Michigan were doing everything in their power to get the nation’s No. prep 1 athlete to commit to their schools.

Ultimately, Hardman decided to stay in-state, and he cited (in 2016) the proximity to his northeast Georgia home as one of the main deciding factors.

“The location is good for my family to come watch me play,” Hardman told UGA Football Live’s McKenzie Lewis shortly after he signed with Georgia.

“Also I want to build something new and be a part of something new. I think Coach Smart is going to do great things at UGA and I want to be apart of it.”

Being a superstar athlete in a small town in Georgia, obviously there was a ton of pressure from his family and his Elbert County High classmates to stay home and play for UGA. However, he said he never let them influence his decision.

Hardman knew the significance of this type of stress.

Facing similar pressure,  many expected Demetris Roberston to choose Georgia coming out of Savannah Christian Prep in 2016, when he was a 5-star prep prospect ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the nation. Robertson had signed nonbinding financial aid agreements with  California, Georgia, and Georgia Tech and was considering his options after National Signing Day.

Understanding the amount of pressure he was under, Hardman told us that he would not place anymore on Robertson to come with him to UGA.

“I just tell him to come play with me and let’s make history…. but I’m letting him decide on his own,” said Hardman in 2016.

Eventually Robertson enrolled in Cal and enjoyed a stellar freshman season. During his first year in Berkeley, Robertson caught 50 passes for 767 yards with 7 touchdowns. But after having surgery on a lower-body injury, he would go on to miss a majority of his sophomore year.

After the season, he announced he was transferring from Cal, citing personal family matters. After considering Alabama, Texas, West Virginia and Georgia, Robertson announced on July 14 he was heading home to play for the Dawgs. Shortly thereafter, his hardship waiver application requesting immediate eligibility was approved by the NCAA.

In storybook fashion, in the Dawgs’ season opener on Saturday, Robertson exploded for a 72-yard touchdown run on his first touch as a Georgia Bulldog. Hardman also showed off his blazing speed on a 59-yard TD catch and run.

Mecole Hardman was right…. ‘let’s make history…. was the right call.

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