While at San Jose State on an official visit this past weekend, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey verbally committed to the Spartans.
"It just felt like the place to be," said Hardaway. "I felt comfortable there, within the program and with the campus and the school life and also partially because of the coaching staff. They have so much experience and they are great people so that pushed me towards committing there."
Late on Monday morning, Hardaway received word that Mike MacIntyre was leaving San Jose State to become the head coach at Colorado. He was surprised, but not shocked.
"I had heard rumors that he was a candidate for the Colorado job," Hardaway said. "I had actually set up an official visit with Colorado for Jan. 18 a week or two prior with the receivers coach, Bobby Kennedy. I don't know if he is still there but that is who I set the visit up with and I still want to go visit Colorado.
"I committed to San Jose State so of course I want to go there but I am keeping my options open seeing that nothing is final until signing day. I also tripped to Colorado State and I am taking an official visit to Fresno State on Jan. 11. So my school choices are Colorado State, San Jose State, Fresno State and Colorado."
Hardaway wowed the Buffaloes' former coaching staff during a camp in San Diego in July. His performance early this season then prompted Colorado to offer him a scholarship.
"I like that Colorado is a Pac-12 school and I have heard they have a great campus," Hardaway said. "l liked the coaching staff that they had and I like San Jose State's coaching staff so I am sure the staff that [MacIntyre] puts together will be a good one. Once I get up there and see everything I will be able to talk more in-depth about that school."
Hardaway helped Dorsey win seven games this season before he suffered a high-ankle sprain and the Dons fell to Crenshaw in the second-round of the CIF Los Angeles City section playoffs.
"I didn't get to play in our last game, which was frustrating, but I left it all out there on the field my senior season," he said. "I was invited to play in the B2G All-Star game at the Home Depot Center on Jan. 27 but if I am not 100 percent in a couple weeks I might not be playing in that."
Hardaway's teammate Jayme Otomewo, who is verbally committed to Arizona State, also scheduled an official visit with Colorado for Jan. 18 before MacIntyre was hired.