Tigers get a big JC commitment

Hardrick is No. 7 for LSU's 2010 class

Commitment No. 7 is in the books for the LSU Tigers as junior college offensive tackle Jermarcus Hardrick gave the Tigers his verbal pledge on Tuesday evening.

“I just committed to LSU about three minutes ago,” Hardrick said. “It's my dream school. I talked to coach (Joe) Robinson and coach Stud, and they were all excited and can’t wait to see me. They said they will be coming to watch me during spring practice.”

Hardrick, who will have three years to play two with the Tigers, committed to LSU just a few hours after receiving his offer from the Tigers.


“I was in class this afternoon and my coach came in and said LSU was calling for me,” said Hardrick, who was also offered by Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Florida and Southern Miss. “I got on the phone and talked with Coach Stud. He said their left tackle is graduating this year, and they want me to come in and replace him. He said he likes my film and that I play nasty. He can work me to get ready for the NFL.”


The 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle says he knew LSU was where he wanted to be as soon as the offer was extended, and he just had to clear it with one person first.


“After they offered me, I called my mom to make sure she would be okay with my decision,” he said. “She was very excited and can’t wait to come see me. She said if I’m sure that’s where I want to be then she will support me, and that was all I needed to hear.”


The native of Batesville, Miss., who originally committed to Auburn before signing with Southern Miss in February 2008, says LSU is where he’s always wanted to be.


“It’s LSU, it doesn’t get any better,” he said. “They are always winning and have great tradition. My junior year I took an unofficial visit there with some of my teammates. The facilities, the campus, I liked it all. My coach said he’s going to bring me back down there as soon as we get a break.”


Hardrick plans to graduate in December so he can enroll early at LSU and go through spring practice. He says he’s already ready for that day to arrive.


“I’m just really happy and ready to play power football,” he said. “I’m just ready to be a Tiger.”

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