More than once a week ago during the University of Arkansas' Junior Day someone looked at the bevy of high school football prospects on campus and noted that he was a big young man.
Many of those were referring to Pocahontas junior offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 304, 5.2), who is indeed that.
"I think the best things about me are my size and strength and the way I mix that all with good technique," Hart said. "I get a pretty good push off the line and just try to take care of my business."
Hart certainly took care of hs business during the 2004 with a whopping 85 pancake blocks for a team that went 9-3, won a share of the 2AAA conference title and lost in the second round of the state playoffs to eventual Class AAA champ Central Arkansas Christian.
"I have playing tight end, but they are moving me inside knowing that I am going to continue to grow and that is most likely where I am going to end up playing in college," Hart said. "It really isn't that big a difference. Basically you are just trying to knock the guy in front of you down or out the way so the backs can make big plays."
Hart, who bench presses 350 pounds and has a 420 squat, was impressed with what he found in Fayetteville.
"The coaches were nice and the facilities are just fantastic," Hart said. "I really enjoyed my visit and I could see myself playing here and having a great career."
Arkansas isn't the only one showing Hart interest as Notre Dame, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Missouri have also invited him to Junior Days or camps.
"I planning on going down to Auburn and to Vanderbilt in April for their Junior Days," Hart said. "I know I am also going to go to camps at Arkansas and Notre Dame and a couple of others."
Hart was one of 14 Arkansas players that made it to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All American Junior Combine, which was held in conjunction with the All American Bowl.
"It was a good even to attend and help get your name out there a little more," Hart said. "It was a nice weekend and I felt I held my own."
He hopes to have an offer on the table before too long from Arkansas, his favorite team growing up.
"I hope that happens and I would love that," Hart said. "Like I said I could really see myself playing up there. I love the Razorbacks. I am going to look around during all these camps, but their situation would probably be tough to beat."
A Big Hart
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