There were a handful of talented defensive backs working out during the opening day of Jimbo Fisher Camp, but 2016 defensive back Mecole Hardman's talent shined brightest.
Hardman, a 5'11, 171-pound defensive back out of Elbert County High in Georgia, showcased extremely impressive speed during Wednesday's opening session of camp.
Since Wednesday was Hardman's only day to camp, he stayed behind with the other one-dayers to run some drills, and he did not disappoint. A source told Tomahawk Nation that Hardman's 40-yard dash clocked in at the low-4.4's.
On the field during position drills and one-on-ones, Hardman was impressive too. Whether it was smothering receivers off the line or suffocating them with tight coverage down field, Hardman proved to be up to the challenge. And he wasn't afraid to broadcast challenges of his own either, shutting down just about every receiver he went up against.
"It was fun out there today," Hardman said. "I just love to compete and work to get better every day, and that's what I wanted to do today."
Current FSU defensive backs, who are coaching during camp, took a liking in Hardman, too. They quickly took notice of his ability to contain receivers and began to seek out perfect match-ups of their own, challenging receivers to try and beat him. But most would fail.
While Hardman did not receive an offer from FSU on Wednesday, the Florida State coaching staff definitely showed interest, taking a minute to appreciate his impressive speed.
"I've talked to coach Graham," Hardman said. "He said they're really interested in me."
However, Hardman did claim offers from Miami, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Old Dominion and UNC Charlotte. And 247sports has him receiving an offer from Penn State as well.
Hardman is a player that hasn't garnered a ranking on Rivals or 247, but he's definitely someone to keep an eye out for as he continues to improve his craft. Already a player with top-notch speed, Hardman will likely add necessary size in the next two years.