Large Lineman Commits to Auburn

Auburn picked up its second 2008 verbal commitment in three days from a high school senior football prospect.

Jermarcus Hardrick

Batesville, Miss.--Auburn picked up its sixth verbal commitment for the 2008 football signee class from a big offensive lineman from Mississippi.

"It is time for me to commit to Auburn," Jermarcus Hardrick told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday. "I like everything about Auburn. I feel like I have developed a good relationship with Coach (Hugh) Nall. I think he is the coach who can take me to the next level. I feel a real bond with him as a coach."

Nall directs Auburn's offensive line and has been one of the coaches recruiting the 6-6, 320-pounder from North Panola High School. Hardrick played at South Panola last season, but transferred to his new school this spring to be closer to home and save money on gasoline driving to and from school each day.

Hardrick says he is a three-year starter in football and also starts at center on the basketball team.

He is currently working out getting ready for his senior season. "I think we are going to be alright," he says. "We are very young. We are going to have to have some seniors step up for us this year."

Jermarcus Hardrick's first offer, and so far only one, has come from the Tigers.

Commenting on his strengths and weaknesses, Hardrick says, "My pass blocking is the best part of my game. I have long arms. For my senior season, I am working on my quickness."

Hardrick, who earned all-region honors as a junior, says his best performance as a junior featured a game with eight pancake blocks and 12 knockdowns. "That is the one that stands out to me the most," he says.

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