When talking about the top lineman in the country for the class of 2005 one name that you will hear over and over again is Orlando (Fl.) Edgewater tackle Matt Hardrick.
“I have written offers from Nebraska, Florida, West Virginia, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Miami told my coach that they were going to offer, but I haven’t gotten that much from them,” Hardrick said.
The 6-foot-5, 338 pound behemoth ran the 40 yard dash in 5.3 seconds at the Miami NIKE camp.
“I’m still really open right now, but four schools that stand out are Miami, Florida, Florida State and Ole Miss. I have done some research on those and know a little bit about them.”
As stated he has already attended the NIKE camp at Miami, but he also plans to attend the Down and Dirty lineman camp as well as a team camp at Florida.
“One thing that I am going to be looking at is the living conditions at the school. I understand I’m not going to be living in a castle, but I don’t want to live in tiny room either. I also want to make sure that I fit in well with the coaching staff at that school.”
It seems everyone is giving Hardrick high marks these days and according to Edgewater coach Bill Gierke they are well deserved.
“I have been really lucky over the last 28 years to have coached some great player’s, especially lineman,” Gierke said. “I have had a bunch of offensive lineman go to the NFL and play in pro bowls and Matt is the best of them all.
He isn’t the most heavily recruited player that we’ve ever had because recruiting has changed so much, but he is the best we’ve had. He has all the ingredients, size, strength and a great work ethic. The best thing about him is that he has that natural mean streak.”