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Hardrick originally made a non-binding commitment to LSU last year, standing firm by his decision until the latter portion of the 2009 season. He liked the idea that he’d play close to home. Then Hardrick took an official visit to Nebraska on Nov. 21. He changed his mind soon after that. It should also be noted that most of Hardrick’s family and friends call him by his nickname, “Yoshi.”
“I’ve got a good idea about (NU’s) tradition. Everybody knows what Nebraska’s about. It’s really like the best place for me.”
“He’s probably the best offensive lineman I’ve ever coached. I don’t know if I’ll ever have another offensive lineman like him. He’s big, physical, has long arms — he’s just a physical specimen.” — Fort Scott offensive coordinator Curtis Horton.
He started every game at offensive tackle for Fort Scott during his two seasons. He and his teammates finished last season as the national runners-up after they lost the title game to Blinn College (Texas). Hardrick was named to the NJCAA All-America first-team for his efforts in 2009. Two years ago, Hardrick had some memorable in-practice battles with former teammate Jason Pierre-Paul, who’s bolting to the NFL after a productive season at South Florida. Actually, Hardrick had the upper hand in those physical one-on-one matchups regularly, according to Horton. Hardrick has already signed a letter of intent and enrolled at Nebraska.
The Huskers lacked depth behind their top offensive line options last season, personnel deficiencies that hamper improvement. Competition can often be the most effective motivator. Adding Hardrick should help in that area. He appears to have the tools to contribute instantly. But this NU staff has already shown that it won’t sacrifice schematic competence for physical talent. Hardrick has to learn the playbook first, something he seems capable of doing during the next few months.