Traveling Hart

Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 305, 5.2) hopes he will be the next in-state prospect to get an offer from the University of Arkansas.

It wouldn't be surprising at all if the next in-state product to get a scholarship offer is Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart.

Hart, a mammoth 6-7, 305-pound tackle who came up for Arkansas' first Junior Day on Feb. 26, is certainly hoping that is the case.

"I really like Arkansas and I have always been a fan," Hart said Tuesday night. "I would like to have one and I might not accept immediately, but it wouldn't take long. I would just have to think it all over."

Hart - who was on hand for the U.S. Army All American Junior Combine in San Antonio in January, has taken trips to Mississippi State and Ole Miss as well this spring.

The Bulldogs quickly put an offer on the table.

"It was a good visit, like any other Junior Day," Hart said. "We had lunch, talked to the coaches and looked over the facilities. I didn't really see much of the city. They told me I was just what they were looking for and they were going to go ahead and offer me."

He took a one-day trip to Ole Miss, who has been contacting him along with Auburn and Notre Dame.

"We went down there last Wednesday and had a nice visit," Hart said. "It's a nice college and I liked the coaches, but we really didn't stay that long and I didn't get to see a lot of things there. I thought what a I did see was nice, but the atmosphere just wasn't as good as Fayetteville and Mississippi State."

Hart, who actually played tight end last season while having 85 knockdown blocks, will see all three places again as he plans to camp at each this summer.

"My plan this summer is just to go to a lot of camps, work on my fundamentals and be the best offensive lineman I can next season," Hart said. "I'll go to Arkansas, Mississippi State and probably a couple of others. That's really all I have on my mind."

Pocahontas, which went 9-2 last season, begins its spring practice on May 10.

"Right now I am just going through football and basketball offseason work," said Hart, who noted his bench press is now up to 350 and his squat to 435. "I'm trying to get stronger, quicker and ready to go."

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