Phoebus lineman Malik Hardy (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Malik Hardy has had a tough road of personal loss
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On the surface, most would see Phoebus DT Malik Hardy as a hard worker.
His academic success and his prowess as a football athlete are certainly signs of that.
Hardy recently picked up his fourth college football opportunity and the list is looking impressive.
On Monday, he added an offer from the nationally renowned Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
BLESSED TO HAVE EARNED A OFFER ONE OF THE BEST ENGINEERING SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY , RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE pic.twitter.com/BfrOXE9fws
— malik hardy (@malikhardy54) September 28, 2020
That offer is added to offers from Otterbein, Chadron State (NE), and Southwestern College (CA).
Rensselaer is well recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business and management, information technology, the sciences, design, and liberal arts.
“It’s great (to have the offers). I have a chance at more than just football in my future,” Malik said. “I’m hearing a lot from the Newport News Apprentice School, VMI, Washington and Lee, and Christopher Newport. I’ve actually had a chance to visit CNU. They’re getting together about offering me soon. My relationships with the coaches are great. They’re invested in what I’m doing even if I don’t pick their school. I feel like they just want the best for me. We’ve been talking about family, my academics, football here in Virginia, and the type of ball they play.”
Malik holds a 3.84 GPA, so it’s no wonder that high academic schools are interested in him as a football player and as a student.
There’s another story about Malik that isn’t widely told. He goes through life inspired, but with a bit of a heavy heart.
“I lost my grandma when I was a kid, so that lingers in my mind when I play. I lost Daquan (Robinson) going into my sophomore year of high school. We were childhood friends and played a season together at Hampton in my freshman year. His loss drives me to keep going,” Hardy commented. “I lost Coach Booker fairly recently. He was one of the first coaches who believed me and put me in every sport possible.”
Hardy played for Coach Booker at the Y.H. Thomas Community Center. Relationships are important to young men who are looking for role models and a true friend.
Malik has learned a lot along the way. Education is a way out and football is going to set him up for a potential windfall as he earns scholarship money at institutions that are well known for rigorous academics.
His choice for a field of study? That’s Cybersecurity or Business.
Whether he picks door number one, door number two, or what’s behind door number three, he’ll come out a winner.
– Andy Hilton