Juco OT hearing from Ole Miss

The 6' 7", 315 pound offensive lineman out of Ft. Scott CC (KS) knows a two or thing about winning as he went 60-0 during his high school career at South Panola.

"There is nothing like winning," added the always personable Jermarcus Hardrick, who goes by "Yoshi" from family and friends. "I just love to win."

Hardrick's freshman season was one of not only winning but fine tunning the left tackle position and getting in better shape.

"I am really glad I came over here. I came here at 360 and I dropped 45 pounds in the last 8 months. I have learned a lot and still have a lot to learn. I am playing against the #1 DE in the nation ( Jason Pierre-Paul) every day in practice so he is only making me better. It has just been a really great experience to get away from home and meet new friends on my own. I have never been away from Batesville (MS) so it has made me grow up. I am just trying to represent my people back home."

Yoshi earned All-Jay Hawk as a freshman and started every game at left tackle.

"The adjustment from South Panola to here is a lot different. Everybody you play here is a little faster and stronger. I really did not get the feel for it until about the fifth or sixth game, but after that, I made the adjustment and loved it."

The success Jermarcus had on the field is showing up in his recruitment.

"I have two offers so far. Arkansas was the first school to offer me. I was sitting in my room right after the Christmas holidays, and my position coach called me to come down to the office. I thought I was in trouble so I walked down to the office and there was an assistant from Arkansas in the office with my coach. The coach's name was Coach Mike Summers. He told me that I had a scholarship offer, and he wanted me to know how it was in Fayetteville. He just told me about the program. Coach said it is on the rise, and they are bringing in some freshmen this year to get some immediate playing time at offensive tackle. He thinks I can help turn it around."

South Florida was next to offer.

"South Florida came by the school the week after Arkansas did. They called me back in the office, and I shook hands with their coach, and he told me that I had a scholarship offer. They came by to see Jason Pierre-Paul and another LB who signed with them. They watched my film, and thought I looked good enough to offer."

A few more colleges have begun to write Hardrick.

"Nebraska writes me a lot. A lot of Big 12 schools are writing me. Kansas State is also writing a lot. Ole Miss has also begun to write me. They called my coach the other day and asked about me. I was pretty excited about that because it is only 15 minutes from my house back home. I have some friends over there too."

Hardrick ended up at Ft. Scott because he failed to qualify out of high school, but grades are no longer an issue.

"That is what I am most proud of, my grades. I already have 24 hours going into this semester, and I have a 2.63 GPA. That is the highest GPA I have had in my life (laugh). They really teach you how to study up here. I needed that. I had a 2.03 GPA coming out of high school, so you can see the difference."

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