September 12, 2007

Rebels like recruiting Tennessee LBs

Ole Miss has been lucky recruiting middle linebackers from Tennessee. The first name that comes to mind is recent Butkus Award winner and NFL Rookie of the Year candidate Patrick Willis.

One Ole Miss commitment that has been following Willis' progress is another Volunteer State native Gavin Hardin.

Hardin and Willis are similar in size; Hardin told Sunday that he has grown over the summer.

"Right now, I'm 6-foot-4 and 241-pounds," Hardin said. "I'm really proud of what Willis has done and what he is doing in the NFL. I want to be the next great linebacker from Tennessee to play at Ole Miss."

One difference in Hardin and Willis is the fact that Hardin has an offer from the University of Tennessee, something that didn't happen for Willis.

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