South's 22nd-Ranked OLB Calvin Hart, Jr. Takes a Step Back

Pittsburgh, Iowa and Wake Forest are days removed from extending offers to the nation's 85th-ranked outside linebacker, Calvin Hart, Jr.

With a dozen offers to select from, Calvin Hart Jr. previously tagged Wisconsin as the front-runner, but says that is no longer the case after recently taking a step back.

A product of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hart checks in as the nation's 85th-ranked outside linebacker and 22nd-ranked outside linebacker in the South.

"No they are not," Hart replied when asked if Wisconsin was still the leader. "They have too many commits at linebacker, so the spot is taken for me to even try to go there.

"There's a lot flowing in, so I'm just enjoying the process."

One of the schools that recently pulled the trigger an offer of their own is Iowa, which initiated contact with Hart a number of months back.

"Iowa has a great program, and I love their defense," Hart said. "I've been speaking with (receivers) coach (Kelton) Copeland on Twitter for a while, and then the other day he was at my school and told my coach I should expect some good news later on that day.

"A lot of coaches say that and you might not get it, but he is a man of his word and I like that. I also like their coaching philosophy. Iowa is an all-around great school."

Hart is already somewhat accustomed to what Wake Forest has to offer, and is now in the midst of constructing relationships with coach Dave Clawson and the Demon Deacon staff.

The ACC school delivered a scholarship offer on Thursday.

"Wake Forest is great school as well," Hart said. "It's also a great school education-wise. I really like their defensive schemes as well.

"Me and the coaches have a pretty good chemistry already."

Hart, who is also labeled as the ninth-ranked outside linebacker in the Sunshine State, has no visits scheduled at this time.

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