Hardeman leading the charge

Chris Hardeman

Chris Hardeman, who will be in Baton Rouge this weekend for Junior Day, has taken on the role of recruiter for the 2014 class. One of the staff's first commitments wants to give LSU the No. 1 class in the nation.

When LSU landed one of its first commitments for the 2014 class, the program also landed one of its biggest recruiters.

Chris Hardeman, who pledged to the Tigers in July 2012, has taken it upon himself to encourage some of the nation's top prospects to join him in Baton Rouge. You often see him on Twitter talking back and forth with other recruits, telling him what makes LSU one of the best programs in the country.

"I'm trying to tell everybody that LSU will have the No. 1 recruiting class in 2014," Hardeman said. "I know people think I'm just talking about it, but everybody is going to be shocked. I want to remind people what LSU has to offer."

Getting to take on that role was one of the main reasons Hardeman wanted to commit so early.

"That's where I knew I wanted to go, so there wasn't any reason to wait," Hardeman said. "And I always wanted to help bring better players with me to help the program out. That's part of the reason why I committed to early."

But just because Hardeman has been committed for so long doesn't mean other programs have backed off. The three-star CB picked up offers from UCLA and Georgia in the last week.

"They're great schools," Hardeman said. "The UCLA program is on the rise, and Georgia is obviously a great SEC team."

Despite the attention he receives, Hardeman said he is still 100 percent committed to LSU and has no intention of checking out the other schools on his offer list. The only trip on his schedule is one to Baton Rouge this weekend for Junior Day.

Hardeman's last trip to campus was in September 2012 for LSU's game against Towson. Not only will this give him another chance to interact with the coaches, but it's also an opportunity to perform one of his new favorite tasks.

"Just the same thing I look forward to every time I go up there — the family atmosphere," Hardeman said. "I want my parents to get to meet all the coaches again. I just want to start recruiting for this 2014 class."

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