Calvin Hart, Jr. (Photo by Corey Bender)

Charlie Strong and USF Take the Next Step With In-State Outside Linebacker, Calvin Hart, Jr.

Two scholarship offers are now on the table for 2018 Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage outside linebacker, Calvin Hart, Jr.

If you're talented enough, colleges will find you, especially when you're lacing up the cleats for Pat Surtain and nationally-recognized Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage.

Calvin Hart Jr., a 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside linebacker that piled up over 80 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior, is one of those up-and-coming prospects at American Heritage that recently hit a grand slam by earning offers one and two from South Florida and FAMU.

"Surreal is exactly how it feels," Hart said. "Ever since pee wee I dreamed about playing D1 football, and now after all the long nights in the gym and on the field, it shows that hard work is starting to pay off.

"The two offers that I have now have only pushed me to work harder. I know only more blessings are going to come out of it."

Hart, who's garnering additional interest from WisconsinNC StateMissouriUCF and Army West Point, was brimming with joy when receiving word from Charlie Strong's staff just over two weeks ago.

The in-state Bulls return a boatload of talent from when Willie Taggart was running the show in Tampa Bay, with Hart anticipating nothing but wins for the coming years.

"USF is a great program and I was privileged to have that as my first big D1 offer," Hart said. "I know USF is building a great program with Charlie Strong and probably going to win more bowl games.

"The coach I mainly spoke to was (defensive backs) coach (Corey) Bell, and he recently left for the University of Florida."

Hart flashes a nice motor until the play is whistled dead, but also does a good job of providing that thud and driving through his opponent. He operates well in space and really accelerates to the football when blitzing the quarterback, showing relentlessness and good straight-line speed.

"I think I'm one of the fastest linebackers in Florida, and I'm a sideline-to-sideline player," Hart said. "I'm versatile on the outside; I can come off the edge and I can cover.

"I got a nose for the ball and I'm a hitter for sure. That's what I love to do."

Hart says he plans to attend junior days with Florida and Miami (Fl).

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