“I thought Baton Rouge would just be a small town, and to be honest I wondered if the whole trip would be kind of boring,” Hart said. “After just one day on campus I realized that I was wrong.”
Following a family function in Alabama, Hart, his father and brother made the drive across Mississippi and into the Bayou State, where the three visited with the coaching staff and extensively toured the facilities across the better part of Monday afternoon.
“It really blew me away, especially the academic side of things,” Hart said. “There seemed like a lot to do, so I get the feeling that it’s a pretty cool college town, and it’s definitely a lot bigger than I was thinking it would be. Things just felt good. I’m definitely going to be back on a visit, even if it isn’t an official.”
During the stay, Hart met with a handful of coaches that expressed a shared interest in landing the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle into a class that already includes the likes of La’el Collins, also ranked among the nation’s elite at tackle.
“Coach (Les) Miles, (offensive line) coach (Greg) Stud and (wide receivers) coach (Billy) Gonzales were all in the office talking with me and my family, and the message was that I was pretty high on their board,” he said. “Coach Miles went ahead and let me know that even though numbers were tight and they were still recruiting linemen, I could commit to LSU at any point and they would take me. That was definitely good to hear.
“We also talked about my brother, who is in JUCO and hopes to play some college ball. He’s got some interest in LSU as well, and it would definitely be cool for us to both go to the same school.”
While the 6-foot-5, 298-pounder is considered a heavy lean to Florida State, work done this week by the Tigers has obviously helped make up ground.
“I’m feeling Florida State, Alabama and LSU,” Hart said. “I went to Alabama on A-Day and had some fun, and I know all about Florida State. I’m just finding out more now with LSU, but those three are on the top.”
Hart’s final visit this summer will be a return trip to Tallahassee, Fla. to visit the Seminoles.