Tyriq Hardimon, a 6’0” 190 lbs defensive back out of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, has officially signed with Wake Forest. He’s one of three DBs in this recruiting class for the Deacs who fit Clawson’s preference for height in the secondary.
Wake offered Hardimon in May 2016, but he ultimately committed to play for Cal in September. However, when Sonny Dykes was fired as head coach of the Golden Bears on January 8, 2017, Hardimon reopened his recruitment. On January 16, he became one of the last additions to the Deacs’ 2017 class.
Hardimon is a consensus three star player ranked as the 82nd best corner (800th player overall) by 247Sports. He earned 18 FBS offers, and he chose Wake over schools like Iowa State, Northwestern, Minnesota, and West Virginia (and, of course, Cal).
Hardimon spent time at both cornerback and safety in high school, and he could play either position in college as well. He has great instincts and makes good reads in coverage and in run support. As with most high school players, he could use some more physical and technical development. Wake’s S&C program under Clawson has been impressive, and a red shirt year should do wonders for Hardimon. That said, Wake does not have much depth in the secondary after the departures of Brad Watson and Josh Okonye. If there are injuries, some combination of Hardimon or the other DBs in this class may need to step up. While that would be far from ideal, Hardimon’s raw talent may make him a legitimate contributor in that situation.
Check out his highlights below, and welcome Ty to Wake!