February 25, 2007

Hardin re-enforced at Jr. Day

One Ole Miss Commitment was in town Saturday for Ole Miss Junior Day and his second trip to Oxford was better than his first.

Gavin Hardin of Jackson (TN) Central Mary High School wasted no time making a pledge to the Rebels. The standout linebacker made his pledge early on signing day 2007, but it was his second trip the Ole Miss campus that left a lasting impression with the talented prospect.

"I love it, love it, love it at Ole Miss," Hardin said when asked about his Junior Day experience. "I didn't get to see the entire campus during the summer camp. I was already strong on my pledge to Ole Miss, but after today there is no doubt this is the place for me."

Hardin got a chance to take everything in Saturday, including an entire tour of the campus, the athletic facilities and the stadium.

"The weight room was probably my favorite place on campus," Hardin said. "I love living in the weight room so that will be my home away from home and it's a great weight room."

Hardin also took some time to picture himself playing out on the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

"I love the stadium," Hardin said. "I kept picturing myself out there playing; I could almost here the crowd roar. I can't wait to make my first "Walk of Champions" and my first appearance on that field."

Hardin got to spend a lot of time with the Ole Miss coaching staff and left Oxford more impressed than what he was after his first visit.

"I love the coaching staff," Hardin said. "There is so much love and energy coming from all of them. I love to feed off high energy; they are just the coaches I want to play for."

One thing that Hardin got the chance to do Saturday was to visit with some of the current Rebel players.

"I'm really impressed with the big family atmosphere," Hardin said. "You can really tell that all the players are really fired up about the upcoming season."

Hardin's mother got to make her first trip to Oxford and apparently was very impressed with everything.

"She couldn't believe how nice everything was," Hardin said. "She now knows that her baby boy will be well taken care of and she couldn't be any happier."

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