Edgewater OL Talks About Decision

Last Wednesday morning, the top offensive lineman in the state of Florida was all set to announce his college choice. However, the pressure to make the right decision between in-state rivals Florida and Florida State was too much for the 6-foot-5 and 342 pound four-star standout so he walked away from the table for the rest of the day.


I walked away from the table because I wasn't sure yet," Matt Hardrick of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater said. "I needed some time to think about it more."

Later that evening, the first-team all-state 6A player decided the colors he wanted to wear for the next four to five years of his life were garnet & gold.

"I feel like I made the right decision in Florida State," he said "Now that I'm signed I feel a lot better now. I chose Florida State because of their academics and academic support."

Versatility is the name of the game for Hardrick and he feels like there is more to his game than blocking.

"I could probably play any position across the line except center," he said. "I wouldn't mind my trying some tight end also. I would love to catch some balls."

Hardrick's coach feels the same about his versatility.

"Matt is so versatile because he can play tackle or guard," Coach Bill Gierke told the Tampa Tribune. "Obviously, he is physically dominating. But sometimes, the really big guys aren't that aggressive because they're still growing into their bodies. Matt isn't like that. He's aggressive. He doesn't get tired. He will get after you."

The Orlando Edgewater tackle will join two of his former high school teammates in safety Kenny Ingram and defensive tackle Aaron Jones in Tallahassee."

Edgewater is loaded with division 1A talent. A junior to watch is Greg Matthews, a 6-foot-2 180 pound wide receiver, who draws comparisons of former Edgewater standout Mike Walker.

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