was a prized recruit for then-Hoosiers coach Mike Davis and started three of the 23 games he played in as a freshman.
But something happened at Indiana to make Hardy grow disgruntled with basketball and grow interested in football.
"There probably aren't too many stories where a guy comes to Indiana to be a basketball player and ends up being a star football player,” said Hoosiers coach Bill Lynch.
"There are probably people out there in the Midwest wondering where he came from. ‘How did we miss on him?'”
There's no missing him now.
And no place to hide for enemy defensive backs, although OSU free safety Ricky Price said he's eager for the challenge.
"He's not going to see much when he looks in my eyes,” Price said. "I'm kind of a poker player. I know how to bluff.
"He's not going to be able to see anything in my eyes but confidence.”
Still, the Cowboys will be looking up to IU's record-setter.
The OSU starting secondary features Price at 6-1, strong safety Quinton Moore at 5-11 and corners Jacob Lacey at 5-11 and Perrish Cox at 6-1.
The tallest player on the Cowboys entire defensive two-deep
is backup defensive end Derek Burton at 6-5.
"I never underestimate on the size,” Hardy said. "It matters how much heart you have.
"A guy who's 5-10, he could have more heart than a guy who's 6-7, although not me.
"I just go out there with determination that I'm going to do whatever it takes to get past the guy and win.”