Recruiting: State's top tailback commits to Horns

<b>Erik Hardeman</b>, one of the nation's top running back prospects, has committed to the Texas Longhorns. He is a super looking back on film that has a great combination of size, speed and strength. He is the eighth best (4 stars) RB in the country according to

The Texas Longhorns did it again. Wednesday morning, they secured the commitment from one of the nation's top running back prospects in Erik Hardeman. Hardeman, from Pflugerville, Texas, is the eighth rated back in the nation according to

"I committed this morning even though I have known for a while that I wanted to go to Texas," said Hardeman moments ago. "It was a tough decision between Texas, Miami, Oklahoma and Arkansas. But I realized it is the place for me. I just sat down and said 'enough fooling around.' I like the atmosphere, Coach (Mack) Brown, and they have great support. The Texas team is like a big family. Texas is the best team in the country and I want to play for the best team in the country. I can also get a great education too."

Last season as a junior, Hardeman rushed for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite Texas having one of the nation's best young backs in Cedric Benson, the competition doesn't bother Mr. Hardeman.

"He is an awesome back that I love to watch. In fact, I study his tapes. I hope I can go there and the two of us can get along and form a great friendship. I can't wait to play alongside Cedric."

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