There wasn’t just one thing that attracted Greenbrier’s Jahvon Hardrick to Georgia Southern. It was everything.
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,” said Hardrick. “I went up there to visit and it was a family. I wasn’t just an individual on a football team.”
Hardrick, a 2011 Region 2-AAAA North First Team running back, looked at other schools, such as Furman, Tusculum and the U.S. Air Force Academy, but said they 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 from the running back position.
No matter what the position, Hardrick expects to go to Statesboro and work hard to get a spot. Greenbrier coach Brian Smith has seen what that translated to.
“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.”