So, one week after National Signing Day, Hardrick put pen to paper and officially committed to play for the Eagles.
“It’s a great school and one of my first choices, so I’m glad I get to go there,” Hardrick said.
“I went up there to visit and it was a family. It wasn’t just an individual on a football team.”
There were other schools that Hardrick, a 2011 Region 2-AAAA North First Team running back, looked at. But Furman, Tusculum and the U.S. Air Force Academy were too far away.
Hardrick said staying nearby was one of the things his parents liked about his decision.
“He’ll be able to continue to do what he loves and go to school. And it’s close to home,” said his mother Regena.
Hardrick initially was recruited as a linebacker, but he scored 17 touchdowns during the 2011 season as a running back.
No matter what the position, Hardrick expects to go Statesboro and work hard to get a spot. Greenbrier coach Brian Smith has seen what that translated to on the football field for his Wolfpack squad.
“He’s an outstanding athlete and a great contributor to our success,” Smith said. “We had our best year (5-5) since 2003.
“His greatest asset is that he’s a strong power runner. You need three yards, that’s who you go to.”