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Player: Jermarcus Hardrick

Hometown: Batesville, MS

JC: Fort Scott Community College

Position: OT

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 315 lbs.

40 time: 5

Visit Date: 11/20

Scholarships: Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Florida, Southern Miss

Favorites: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Florida, Southern Miss

 

COMMITTED TO NEBRASKA

 

Rivals: :star:star:star:star

Scout: :star:star:star:star

 

same CC as Brandon Kinnie, Jacquain Williams and Jason Pierre-Paul

 

Per Scout: "Nebraska writes me a lot. A lot of Big 12 schools are writing me. Kansas State is also writing a lot. Ole Miss has also begun to write me."

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From today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

 

 

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks get foot in door with lineman

By Richard Davenport

 

 

LITTLE ROCK — It’s always good to make a favorable impression on a recruit, especially when the recruit is highly regarded junior college offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick.

 

Arkansas did that by being the first school to offer him a scholarship.

 

“They must have seen something they like,” said Hardrick, who played football at South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss. “I feel like I have to give them a chance because they were the first school to offer, and I want to get down there and check everything out. They’re in the SEC, and that’s a plus.”

 

Hardrick 6-7, 315 pounds, 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also has offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Nebraska and South Florida.

 

He said he has called Arkansas quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee several times and has developed a nice relationship.

 

“I call him and talk about things,” Hardrick said. “He tries to help me go in the right direction. That’s what I need. I need a father figure or something like that.”

 

Hardrick reportedly ran 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash last summer, but said he believes he can do better.

 

“I’ve gotten faster and dropped weight and gotten stronger,” Hardrick said. “I hope I can run a 5-flat or lower. I feel good when I run. I came into Fort Scott weighing 330 to 335, and the last part of the season I was at about 305.”

 

Hardrick, who could graduate from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in December and enroll next January, said several factors will determine which school he chooses.

 

“I’m looking for a football tradition, a place I can come in and help a school win a national championship,” said Hardrick, who also is receiving strong interest from Oklahoma and LSU. “I also want a school with a nice atmosphere and with good coaches.

 

“Location isn’t that important. I’m trying to go somewhere that fits me the best.”

 

Last season Fort Scott featured junior college All-America defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who signed with South Florida. Hardrick said battling Pierre-Paul in practice every day helped him.

 

“He made me a better player because he was the No. 1 player in the nation,” Hardrick said. “We made eachother better by competing against each other. The first time I pancaked him, I was hyped and I asked him, ‘Five-star? Who?’ ”

 

A mean streak is always a plus for a dominating offensive lineman, and Hardrick has one.

 

“I’m very aggressive,” Hardrick said. “I get mad if I don’t get the pancake [block].”

 

Hardrick said he hopes to take an unofficial visit to Fayetteville during the summer, with Fort Scott defensive coordinator Russ Pickett escorting him. Pickett played at Camden Fairview before becoming a four-year letterman at Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia.

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From today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

 

 

RECRUITING: Offensive linemen stop by to watch Hogs, Summers

By Otis Kirk (Contact)

 

 

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas continues its spring drills, and recruits continue to take in some of the practices.

 

On Friday, Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College offensive tackle Jermarcus Hardrick, 6-7, 315 pounds, 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash, took an unofficial visit to Arkansas. Hardrick arrived at Arkansas at 8 a.m. and stayed around to see practice. Hardrick is expected to be one of the nation’s most highly sought junior college recruits.

 

“As of now, Arkansas is easily the best visit I have made so far,” Hardrick said Saturday morning. “I didn’t know much about Arkansas before the visit, but I loved everything about Arkansas.”

 

Hardrick met Coach Bobby Petrino and assistants Garrick McGee and Mike Summers and said: “They are all very nice coaches who know what they are doing.”

 

Hardrick said the players impressed him, too.

 

“It felt like I had known those guys all my life,” Hardrick said. “I really bonded with the players. I certainly didn’t expect the facilities to be that good. The weight room is state-of-the-art and has everything you need to make you better. It’s a family atmosphere at Arkansas. Arkansas just felt like a place I would like to be.”

 

Hardrick said the campus and Fayetteville were very impressive.

 

“There is plenty to do there,” Hardrick said. “It was really nice. The campus is really nice.”

 

Hardrick left Friday a few minutes before practice ended, but he saw enough of the practice to be impressed.

 

“I watched the offensive linemen a whole lot,” Hardrick said. “Coach Summers impressed me. I learned a lot from him while I was there. These coaches have NFL experience, and they know what it would take for me to get to the next level, and they can help me get there.”

 

Hardrick is from South Panola High School in Mississippi, but will be playing his second year of junior college football this fall at Fort Scott. Rumors have Hardrick heading back toMississippi when his time is up at Fort Scott, but Hardrick said hold off on that for now.

 

“Going home isn’t a big deal at all to me,” Hardrick said. “I have grown up a lot since I went to Kansas. I have gone on to bigger and better things, so going home isn’t that big a deal. I just want to go where it’s the best fit for me and where I can get to the next level. I definitely want to play in the NFL. The being close to home won’t be a factor with me.”

 

Hardrick has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Florida, Nebraska and Southern Mississippi, but more offers should come as Division-I coaches make their way to Fort Scott this spring.

 

“I like Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, OU and LSU,” Hardrick said. “OU and LSU are both very close to offering me. It helps a lot that Arkansas’ coaches have the NFL experience. That means a lot to me. If I go to Arkansas and do what Coach Summers tells me, I will get a lot better.”

 

Hardrick said he went from a high school that ran the ball the majority of the time to Fort Scott, which runs a balanced offense. Hardrick said he’s still working on improving all aspects of his game.

 

“Run blocking is natural for me,” Hardrick said. “We did that in high school, but when I got here, they asked me to pass block, too. I’m improving my pass blocking.

 

“I have long arms, and I like to pass block now. Our offensive line coach here has worked with me a lot, and I’ve gotten better.”

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As far as Ark goes sounds like he may be falling for the old BC "I coached in the NFL and I'll get you there" lines.

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He also committed today to LSU.

Meh

Fort Scott coach Jeff Sims said, "LSU has been a dream of his for a long time. He's excited for the opportunity," ESPN affiliate Web site TigerGumbo.com reports.

 

Hard to compete with that.

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