Bobby Hart came close to ending his process a couple of weekends ago.
During a Florida State camp visit in Tallahassee earlier this month, Hart found himself in one of the biggest peer-pressure moments a college recruit can experience, seeing teammate and close friend Rashad Greene commit to the Seminoles.
That effectively ended Florida State’s recruitment at wide receiver for 2011. Still, the press for Hart – ranked among the nation’s top 10 offensive tackles – pushed on, especially when the 6-foot-5, 298-pounder elected to hold off on committing alongside Greene.
“I came close, but I didn’t commit because I still wanted to see some things before I made it final,” said Hart, who does not have a decision timetable in place. “Florida State’s coaches definitely wanted me to get on board, and they made a big impression, but I still need to see some other places.”
After multiple conversations with the Tiger coaches, Hart hopes to get the campus visits rolling with a trip to Baton Rouge later this week.
“My dad and I were trying to get things set up so that I could come to LSU at some point this week, I just haven’t figured out for sure what days it will be,” Hart said. “If we are able to do it, I’m pretty excited about it. It’s one of the remaining trips I’m looking forward to the most.
“I’ve talked to coach (Les) Miles and coach (Greg) Stud, and they are both excited about having me come through. They said a campus visit is just what I need.”
Though he hasn’t listed the group in order of preference, it appears that the connection with the Tiger coaching staff has LSU close behind Florida State, Hart’s current frontrunner.
“Coach Miles and coach Stud are just down to earth guys, and they shoot me straight whenever we talk,” he said. “We just get along well, I don’t know how else to explain it. They said that I could be a big part of their signing class this year, and that has my attention. Really, the big thing I need to get on is the visit.”