Ohio Tight End Talks Illini Visit

The Fighting Illini football team is continuing to host 2013 prospects on unofficial visits. One who visited recently was Greg Hart, a tight end from Kettering, Ohio. While he does not yet hold an Illini offer, he is under strong consideration for one.

Greg Hart is a good example of a football prospect who is flying under the radar due to the type of offense his high school runs. He is a mobile pass catcher working in a run-oriented offense.

"We don't really throw in our offense, so I was at slot and receiver. We do a lot of downfield blocking, and the receiver block is pretty important. I only had a few catches and a touchdown. I did all right. I kind of adapted everything."

Most schools are recruiting him at tight end, but he plays defense as well.

"I also played defensive end and a little at outside linebacker. I just want to do what's best for the team really. I definitely showed my athleticism and helped out the team."

The 6'-5", 225 pounder hopes prospective college coaches notice his athletic ability on film.

"They're recruiting me mainly for tight end. If you look on my film, you see I can really get downfield, and I can catch the ball. At defensive end, you could see my athleticism. Those are my strengths."

Of course, he is also working to improve some aspects of his game.

"I really want to work on my explosion, just coming off the ball. I really want to work on my hip flexibility and mobility, to be able to move my hips better and get lower. And improve my strength all around. I definitely want to work on grabbing the ball a little better. I catch the ball pretty well, but you can always work on that."

He presently has 8 offers including Indiana, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Illinois hasn't offered yet, but he's drawn to his recruiting coach.

"I really like Coach (Alex) Golesh. I didn't know him when he was at Toledo, but he contacted me a few months ago on Facebook. He said he knew about me at Toledo and wanted to start recruiting me."

What is he looking for in a school?

"Academics is major. That's the number one thing. I don't really care for location, but in a way I do, if that makes any sense. I would love to be somewhere my family can drive and see me. It's whatever happens really. Also my relationship with the coaches and players. Every school has nice facilities, so I'm not really focused on that.

"I haven't thought of a major yet, but I want a school that's good all around. So when I make my decision, I'll know it's a solid program."

Hart's quarterback teammate Malik Zaire just committed to Notre Dame, but he is not yet ready to follow his lead.

"Before my senior year would be ideal. But this is definitely not a decision I need to rush. This is a 4 to 5 year decision. It's going to be my alma mater. It's just whenever it feels right."

Archbishop Alter High School enjoyed an excellent 2011 season. Hart hopes they can go farther in the playoffs this year.

"We went 10-1. We lost the first round of the playoffs. We were undefeated and won our league, we just defeated ourselves in the playoff game.

"We have a good amount of players back. The class under me is real good, and we have our quarterback back, which is major. Our defensive backs are all leaving, so that's a big spot to fill this year."

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