While Auburn football’s annual A-Day spring intrasquad scrimmage marked the feel-good return of the annual fan-focused event–with 2020 and the destruction it caused including every spring game across college football being canceled–there were several notable names present and absent from the festivities.
Several prospective class of 2022 targets were in attendance for the April 10th showdown between Team Auburn and Team Tigers. A trio of high school seniors Bryan Harsin is looking to add to the roster next season were all present, with Emory Floyd, Quinshon Judkins, and Powell Gordon all on the Plains several Saturdays ago.
On the flip side, there were players not in attendance that caught the eyes of Tiger fans. The first, Jaren Handy, turned out to be a goner. What made the move strange was his repeated praise of the coaching staff, but either way, Fly War Eagle hopes Handy lands on his feet.
Another member of the DL, Jay Hardy, has followed a similar path, similarly de-commiting from the Auburn football program.
The Chattanooga, Tennessee product has been basically inactive on Twitter since retweeting an offer that a fellow McCallie School product, Aaron Crowder, received from the Army football program. His profile has been sending automatic updates of people following and unfollowing him but there hasn’t been an update beyond that retweet since another on January 1st about the Citrus Bowl.
Now, we understand why he has been silent on social media and why he wasn’t apart of the A-Day spring game. The four-star class of 2020 commit missed all of last season until the Citrus Bowl, which was essentially a lame duck outing from outed DC Kevin Steele against one of the top programs from the Big Ten in 2020, Northwestern.
Fly War Eagle wishes Hardy the best in his future, which could very well include a pilgrimage from the Plains to Rocky Top.