Colton (Cal.) linebacker Rodney Hardrick just graduated high school on June 7th and the 6-foot-2 230-pound linebacker is preparing to make the road trip up to Oregon on June 17th. Hardrick will be driving up to Oregon with his parents and siblings and arriving on the 18th to move in. Hardrick is just fine with the shortened summer, “It’s not upsetting at all. I think it’s a good thing, getting out there early and getting ready for the college environment.”
Hardrick has been working out at his old high school in the offseason. He says that he has been focusing on strength and lifting weights as he views his strength as a bit of a weak spot in his game. When asked what some of his strengths are he mentioned his ability to learn things quickly and even be able to help teach a little; something that will come in handy in Nick Aliotti’s defense. Hardrick also mentioned that he will play either the Will or Mike linebacker positions, but is unsure which one.
Hardrick already has two friends on the team “I’m very, very close with two players who went there last year Derrick Malone and Alejandro Maldonado)”. Those two were very helpful to him, “I talked to them all the time. There’s some things you don’t think about as an incoming recruit that they helped me out with” Hardrick said. He also added that having those guys there was just an “extra bonus” and didn’t play a big factor in him choosing Oregon. Hardrick is also excited to get to know his roommates “I talked to my roommates, Anthony Wallace, BJ Kelly, and Tra Carson. I’m looking forward to meeting those guys in person and talking to them.”
One of the biggest reasons for Hardrick to choose Oregon was how comfortable he felt in Eugene and with the coaching staff. When asked what he was most excited about getting to Oregon, Hardrick replied “Honestly, just football. I haven’t played a game of football in a while, so I’m pretty excited to get back into regular packages and to the football season”