Razorbacks' Hart

Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 305, 5.3) becomes the second 2006 commitment for the University of Arkansas when he offcially pledges to Razorback head coach Houston Nutt on Sunday night.

Razorback bred, Razorback committed.

That's the story with Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart, who got a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas early Saturday afternoon after camp and committed via the phone to Razorback head coach with his family around him on Sunday night.

"I always loved the Razorbacks and it's always been where I want to go," Hart said. "And especially when they just have 15 or so scholarships and they could start to go fast, I didn't want to mess around and miss the boat. They shot me an offer so I'll just jump on in right now."

Hart becames the second 2006 commitment for the Razorbacks, the first high school player to go along with Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College defensive tackle Freddie Barnett - a 2004 UA signee who matriculated to junior college.

"It's exciting and kind of an honor to be the first high school player to go ahead and commit," Hart said. "Hopefully we'll have a great recruiting class. I know we will. I think Arkansas has a great future and I'm glad to be a part of it."

It was a happy day for all in the Hart family.

"All of my family are die-hard Razorback fans so this couldn't have turned out better for all of us," Hart said. "I'm officially a Razorback now. That's pretty cool."

Nutt made sure Hart knew how excited he was about the commitment as well.

"He told me that he thought I would love it at Arkansas and they were going to love having me," Hart said. "He also said he thought they were going to have a great recruiting year even though they could only offer about 15 scholarships. He says we're off to a great start with you."

Hart also had offers from Mississippi State and Arkansas State and had been told he was close to be offered by both Vanderbilt and Duke.

He has actually played tight end for Pocahontas, but notes that might as well be a third tackle for the run-oriented Redskins.

"I don't know where I'm going to end up playing this year, but it's a matter of just getting your man and getting him out of the way no matter if I line up inside or outside," Hart said. "I'm just trying to keep working hard."

Hart, who is also a good basketball player and has bench pressed 350 pounds, ran a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash and his size and agility impressed the Razorbacks this weekend at the UA Seniors Camp.

"I thought I did pretty good in the camp, but I was hoping that we would get to lift some weights in that weight room instead of just tour it," Hart said. "I wanted to get in there and show them how strong I am getting."

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