While the state of Florida normally doesn't have a plethora of standout offensive lineman 2011 is loaded with top flight guys from all over the state. Arguably one of Florida's best is Bobby Hart from St. Thomas Aquinas. The 6'5" 283 pound lineman recently moved over from Cardinal Gibbons to STA hoping to get a little more structure with football while also hoping to improve as a player at one of the nation's best high school programs.
"Everyone has been welcoming here at St. Thomas," said the early 4-star product. "As far as football goes there is definitely more structure and discipline. We had a meeting here already and someone was 1 minute late. The coaches made him do 20 push-ups. It's a lot more serious here. We're starting a 12 week workout program already. It's great to play here at a nationally recognized program. We're looking to get back to states and it all starts here in the spring."
While Hart is a rising senior he played this past year at 15 years of age. He is a recruit with a huge upside, therefore colleges have already come calling in droves. He told NoleDigest that he has 20 offers at this time and he says others are showing a ton of interest.
"I have offers from Florida State, Georgia, Wake Forest, Duke, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and others," said Hart. "Those are the only ones I can think of right now. Alabama, Miami, Florida and USC are starting to show interest in me. Clemson is the newest school as they just started contacting me."
Being from South Florida Hart grew up a fan of the Hurricanes. He says that an offer from them would mean a lot, but it doesn't mean it'd make them a sure thing to land him.
"I grew up a fan of the "U"," said Hart. "I haven't gotten an offer from them yet. I can't say what'll happen when they offer because they'll just be another offer. They'd probably go towards the top of the list but it doesn't mean I'd be going (there)."
Bobby said that he was excited to get the offer from FSU and that it is a program he has a high level of interest in.
"When the FSU offer came I was happy and it meant a lot to me," said Hart. "I am really interested in them. Coach Gran was recruiting me over at Tennessee and he offered me there. He said he brought me up there and that they really like me. Coach Trickett was the one who told me that I had the offer. He said that I am one of their top priorities. That's really big because they're the first to really say how much they like me."
Hart is a big kid that moves well on his feet. That is one thing that Coach Trickett looks for in his linemen and it's one of the things he likes about Hart.
"The one thing that makes me stand out is my feet," Hart said, "and it the first thing Coach Trickett said he noticed about me. He said I have feet like a wide receiver. They also like how I drive off of the ball and how I go get it."
Hart will be in Tallahassee on the 20th for FSU's first Junior Day.
"I am going to FSU on the 20th for Junior Day," said Hart. "I've never been so I am excited. I want to meet Coach Fisher while I am up there. My dad is a huge FSU fan and he's coming with me. This will be his first time up there, too."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for more with Hart as we track his recruitment over the next few months.
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