'Hometown' school offers Jermarcus Hardrick

'Hometown' school offers Jermarcus Hardrick

Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick grew up 15 miles from Ole Miss so when he got the word this morning that the Rebels were extending a scholarship offer, it had a little different feeling.

"My newest offer is Ole Miss," added an excited Jermarcus Hardrick. "It's back home. I have been watching them since I was a kid. They sent two of my boys (DT Peria Jerry and S Jamarca Sanford) to the league, and they are sending another one of my boys (OT John Jerry) to the league next year. I have strong feelings for Ole Miss. I am strongly considering them."

The opportunity to take over for OT John Jerry is a big selling point.

"That's my boy. He is the best offensive lineman to ever come out of South Panola, so I always looked up to him. That would be one of the factors if I were to choose Ole Miss. I see what they have done for John and all of my South Panola boys. Everyone from around here that went to Ole Miss is ending up in the league, so you know I am going to look at that real hard. Plus, I have a chance to take over for Baby J (John Jerry). That would be some big shoes for me to fill, but I feel like I am up to it."

The Rebel head coach relayed the news to Yoshi this morning that the Rebels were extending a scholarship offer.

"My coach called me to his office, and he told me that I needed to call Ole Miss. He gave me the number, and Coaches Nutt and Markuson got on the other line and told me that they had been watching my film, and they said they wanted to bring me back home."

What did the 2008 All-Jayhawk selection say back?

"I said I was excited to hear the news. I told them that I would be back home in two weeks, and I am going to drop by and come talk to them. I am going to think about it hard, and when I am ready to make a decision, that will be it. Now I have that opportunity to go back home if I want to."

What are the positives of attending a college that is close to home?

"It gives my mom the opportunity to come to all of my games. My community can come see me play too."

And the negatives?

"I do not see any negatives unless I try to find one. I see all good things, really."

The Rebels bring Hardrick an opportunity to stay close to home, but that does not mean they are any kind of lock to land the 6' 7", 315 pound offensive tackle.

"I do not have a leader because I have a a couple more schools I am looking at real hard. I am going to be home in a week, and I am going to take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss, and I am going to go from there."

Anymore unofficial visits on the horizon?

"Yes, I might also go down to Southern Mississippi and look at their campus. That's where my boys, Terrence Pope and Quinn Sanford, go to school ."

Who else is Yoshi strongly considering?

"Arkansas because they were the first school to offer me. South Florida, Nebraska, and USM because they have also offered me. I am also looking at Oklahoma and LSU because they are recruiting me real hard too. Both of them are about to offer. I am wide open right now until someone takes the lead."

Another SEC school is also in the picture.

"Florida is sending me a whole lot of letters. I am hearing from them a lot."

Hardrick is on track to graduate in December.

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