Football recruiting followers are experts at deciphering coded messages. Everyone takes a stab at reading through the emojis shared on social media. The best of the best can predict a commitment just by examining a row of hats. Today that skill is being put to the test.
Jonquis Hardaway is a three-star prospect from Phenix City, Al., a town on the border with Georgia that eats and breathes football. He attends Central High School, the alma mater of UK offensive tackle Josh Jones. Rivals ranks Hardaway as the No. 25 safety in America, while 247 Sports lists the 6-foot-3 athlete as the nation’s No. 36 cornerback.
Friday afternoon Hardaway revealed he will announce his commitment in June. Take away any “expert analysis” as to why he would be a better fit at either of his six finalists. Hardaway has given us the perfect opportunity to predict which school he will choose based exclusively on the hats of his finalists.
I will be committing June 20th ? pic.twitter.com/eytCYHLJ5Y
— Jonquis “JQ” Hardaway (@Jhardaway_24) April 2, 2021
One of those hats does not belong. The Kentucky blue Power-K hat is the only one that is not a flat-bill. Excluding the Cincinnati hat, all of the others have some form of intricate design.
It begs the question: Is Kentucky the obvious odd team out, or are the Cats the clear choice because it is the most practical option?
The other five look clean, too clean. The Kentucky hat appears broken in and possibly worn. On the other hand, how many teenagers are all about the Power-K?
I cannot reach a conclusive answer. What do you think: are the Cats in good shape for Hardaway or does this hat spell misfortune?