2004 Profile: OL Leon Hart

You've heard several of the Clemson coaches comment about the overall talent level in the state of South Carolina next season and just how high it might possibly be. Well, one of the top linemen in southeast might very well be playing football at Columbia's Spring Valley High School.

Spring Valley's Leon Hart is one of several Division I-A prospects emerging in the state of South Carolina on the offensive line in 2003.

At 6-5, and 290 pounds as a high school junior, you can see why.

Hart's strength lies in his footwook and his ability to hold off a fierce pass rush. He also plays on the defensive line for the Vikings, but most college scouts like him more on offense.

"Both South Carolina and Clemson are recruiting me hard right now," said Hart. "I'm going to see how everything goes before I make a decision about going anywhere, but I'd like to stay in state I think."

Hart will likely get his wish, as both South Carolina and Clemson have moved in formal scholarship offers and coaches from both staffs have remained in contact.

"Brad Scott is recruiting me from Clemson, and Skip Holtz is recruiting from South Carolina, and I'm going to both of their camps this summer," added Hart.

He's also hearing from Vanderbilt, Florida State, Tennessee, and Georgia, and projects as a full qualifier with a GPA well over 3.0.

With a couple of extra scholarships next year, the Tigers will once again be looking to bolster their needs on the offensive line, and Leon Hart certainly fits the bill.

"Clemson has a good engineering program, so that's a plus. South Carolina is a good school too, so we'll just have to see what happens. I'm not in any hurry to really make a decision," added Hart.

We will continue to keep you updated on this fine offensive lineman, right up through signing day 2004.

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