Edgewater standout has Husker offer

The latest Nebraska offer went to one of the best offensive lineman in Florida. If you are the best at anything when it comes to football from the state of Florida that pretty much translates to being the best nationally. Matt Hardrick is getting attention from all over the nation, but it seems that he may be more interested in staying in state.

Matt Hardrick from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. is up to four offers and the floodgates could be opening to many more. That can be said from who he is holding offers from and what his coach was told.

"I got offered by Oklahoma today, Nebraska last week, West Virginia and Florida," Hardrick said. "Those are all in writing. Miami called and spoke to my coach and said that they were close to offering."

What makes Hardrick such an intriguing prospect is his size at 6-foot-5 and 337 pounds as well as his 5.2 40-yard dash time. He was also benching 330 pounds the last time he tested out last year. In the end you have the build and speed of a protypical book-end offensive tackle.

"I'm a big guy with quickness. I have good agility, size and awareness. I play the position smart. I am being recruited as an offensive tackle by everyone, but I am playing some defense this year at nose or tackle too. You can put that in your article."

Although his latest offers are from two of the Big 12's best it may be all for not. There is a definite advantage to in-state schools when it comes to getting Hardrick.

"I just want to get out of Orlando really," Hardrick said. "I would like to stay in state though."

"I just want to stay in state. If push came to shove though I could leave. I would like to stay in state. I have a couple of buddies at Central Florida, two at Florida State and a player this year has a brother at Florida."

In state schools Miami, Florida State and Florida all hold a distinct advantage over everyone else. He also named three out of state schools that he likes as Ole Miss, Iowa and Oklahoma.

Hardrick has plans to camp at Gainesville in two weeks and he will for sure be attending the Down and Dirty Camp. He also just returned from the Nike camp in Miami.

"I went to Miami last week. It didn't go as I had planned. We only had one hour to do the testing. We were late getting up and late getting there. I got to go through some pass drills, pull and some trap blocking. Then we did some one on one. I did good in those."

Last year Hardrick was All-Central Florida and All-State. Edgewater was 14-3 last year and should have a very good team this coming year.

Bryan Munson can be contacted at NURules@comcast.net.


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