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Senior captain... Two-year starter, three-year letterwinner on offensive line for Class 6A school in northwest Alabama... As senior left tackle, earned sportswriters' First Team All-State and All-Region OL honors helping 9-4 Falcons to state quarterfinals and best finish in program history... Participated in postseason Alabama-Mississippi All-State Game... Started at tackle as junior, helping Florence to 7-4 record and 6A playoffs... High academic achiever.
Coleman Lee Hardin... Born April 27, 1996... Son of Tony and Yana Hardin... Has one younger brother, Bryant... Dad is a banker; mom is a hair stylist... Wants to work toward business-related degree.
FORMER FLORENCE COACH JAMEY DUBOSE
"Cole is an offensive lineman with great upside for the Vanderbilt program. He's a guy that developed tremendously between his junior year and the start of his senior season. This year, he was a force for our squad.
"You're talking about one tough offensive lineman, a guy that enjoys physical football. He plays like a street fighter on the football field. For his size, Cole also has great feet and plays with a lot of quickness.
"At the college level, he's probably going to be a center/guard playing at well over 300 pounds. He's going to be a big, strong guy."
Selected Vanderbilt over Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Connecticut among others