Hardeman excited about the future

LSU commitment Chris Hardeman

2014 DB Chris Hardeman became the first member of LSU's 2014 recruiting class when he gave the coaching staff his verbal commitment during the summer before his junior season. Following his commitment, the Taylor High School standout has started the process of getting top talent from around the country to join him in Baton Rouge.

Taylor High School standout Chris Hardeman knew where he wanted to attend college before his recruiting process ever truly started. The 5-9 178 pound Hardeman committed to LSU during the summer before his junior year of high school began. It was an easy decision for Hardeman to make when he ended his recruiting process, especially because LSU is a place that he has wanted to be for quite some time. Since his commitment, Hardeman explained that he has maintained very frequent contact with the LSU coaching staff.

"It's been great since I committed because that's where I wanted to play," Hardeman told TSD. "I talked to coach [Corey] Raymond and coach [Les] Miles every week. It has all been great since I committed back in July."

The four-star cornerback has gotten to the point in his relationships with the coaching staff where he already feels like a part of the LSU program, even though he has almost a year until he signs on the dotted line.

"It's like a big family over there," said Hardeman. "I built the relationship with the coaches a long time ago and I feel like I already play for them. It has been a really good and close relationship with all of them. I think that it will only get better from here on out."

Becoming the first member of LSU's 2014 recruiting class has also meant a lot to Hardeman, as he provided them with the foundation to build a pretty incredible class. Hardeman has used his time since he committed to assist with that process.

"It means a lot to be that first guy," said Hardeman. "I wanted to take leadership for this class and make sure that we bring in the best class possible to Baton Rouge. I have really enjoyed it all so far."

Hardeman has been busy since the start of 2013 recruiting for the Tigers. He has reached out to players not only in the state of Texas, but also as far west as California.

A couple of the players that Hardeman has been in contact with currently hold five-star ratings and are at or near the top of the rankings at their position, with one of them being longtime friend Tony Brown.

"Edward Paris and I are very close and we have been speaking for a really long time, even before he committed," said Hardeman. "I talk to a lot of people that aren't committed like Tony Brown and Adoree Jackson."

"The interest between Jackson and LSU is definitely mutual and he will hopefully visit. I know he is trying to make plans to do that. I want to play with the best and he is one of the best. I also think that Tony's sister going to LSU will have a big impact on his decision."

While Hardeman is reaching out to players from around the country, he has also made his presence known with one of his high school teammates and closest friends, Keenen Brown.

Brown picked up an offer from the Tigers around a month ago prompting Hardeman to go to work for LSU. Because of the close relationship that the two have, Hardeman believes that his commitment to LSU could help sway Brown.

"We talk about playing together all the time, but he is his own person," said Hardeman. "We are very close and I hope that he ends up deciding to come to LSU. I think I will be a pretty big factor when it boils down to it because we are so close."

Hardeman went on to explain that he had already seen enough of the recruiting process when he gave the LSU staff his verbal commitment. Because of that, the talented defensive back won't be taking visits to anywhere but LSU. Hardeman plans to be back in Baton Rouge very soon.

"I am planning on being there for the spring game," said Hardeman. "If I can't be there for that, then I will definitely be down there for the summer for camp. Also I'll definitely be at a lot of the games in the fall."

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