Hart Down To Tigers And Buckeyes

Offensive tackle Leon Hart talks about his visit to Georgia and his final two schools.

Columbia, S.C.--Perhaps the top offensive line prospect in the South and one of the best in the country took an official visit to Georgia over the weekend to check out the Bulldog program. While he says he enjoyed his visit, Spring Valley High's Leon Hart says that his decision will be between two other schools when the time comes.

"It was a good visit," Hart tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was my first chance to see the Georgia campus and I really liked getting that chance. I enjoyed the campus a lot. I enjoyed the visit. Not to say anything bad about the visit because I enjoyed the visit, but I still feel like it's going to be Auburn or Ohio State."

A dominating offensive tackle on the high school level who has the footwork and strength to be a rare early contributor on the college scene, the 6-5, 280 Hart has offers from just about every school in the country to his credit. While several factors are involved he says that which school he feels the most comfortable at will be the one that wins in the end.

Leon Hart

That could bode well for Auburn's chances as Hart has visited the campus several times in the past few months. One trip came during the summer as Hart, Mack Frost and Anthony Davis all came to a football camp on the Plains. The next trip came to see Auburn defeat Alabama in the Iron Bowl late in November. Throw in former high school teammate Travis Williams currently starring on Auburn's defense and you have the recipe for familiarity says Hart.

"I already know the situation as far the football program and the position situation," Hart says. "I'm basically just coming to enjoy my visit and get a chance to see the atmosphere. I want to tour the campus because I've never really seen the campus before. I just want to see how I fit in with the players and coaches."

Another thing in Auburn's favor is the lack of depth at the tackle position. With senior Mark Pera gone that leaves just Marcus McNeill and King Dunlap as true tackles on the Tiger roster for next season. While there are several players that will be there to help get the job done such as Steven Ross and Thomas Anderson, Hart says the situation is an interesting one for him and he's definitely put some thought into that.

"That probably has put them in a good spot," Hart says of Auburn's lack of depth. "I'm a person, I want to come in and compete early for a starting job."

Hart will take his final official visit this coming weekend when he travels to Auburn with what is expected to be a large group of prospects. After that it will be up to Hart when a decision is made, but he's not setting a timetable for his choice and says it could happen at any time.

"I can't really say when I'm going to make my decision," Hart says. "It will just be sometime after this visit."

No matter how long the decision takes you can bet there will be some happy coaches in either Auburn or Columbus when that phone call is made.

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