TheTerritory caught up with Tartt, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive guard who was a first-team all-state and All-Big Bend selection last season. Tartt, ranked fourth overall among the state's top 100 players by Floridakids.net, grew up a fan of Florida State and has watched the Seminoles closely over the years. He's also a former prep teammate of FSU sophomore linebacker Sam McGrew.
Tartt considers himself a physical, run-blocker.
"My strength is straight on blocking," Tartt told TheTerritory. "I'm more of a run blocker than a pass-blocker now. I'm looking for a school with a history of a winning record."
Tartt, whose father was a collegiate linebacker, has a max bench of 415 pounds and a max squat of 490. He has been clocked at 5.2 in the 40 and also features a 2.8 grade-point average. Tartt attended the Tennessee camp last sumer and has expressed interest in FSU, Florida, Miami, Alabama and Tennessee. He does not plan to commit early during the recruiting process.
"Jim Tartt is the complete package," said Larry Blustein of Floridakids.net. "He's big, quick, strong and nasty. As a sophomore he was timed at combine in 4.97 seconds. He and Daritity from Tallahassee Lincoln might be two of the top offensive lineman in the country."