Taking Maryland to Hart

2011 Manheim Central prospect talks about his visit to Maryland for the FIU game.

As Manheim Central wide receiver Derek Hart soaked in the tradition and atmosphere of Maryland’s game against FIU, he wasn’t really taken aback at the size of the facilities or noise, considering his high school has a strong football tradition in football crazy central Pennsylvania.

But for the 6’ 5” 198 pound Hart, the visit was a perfect opportunity to soak in Maryland’s team and campus, both of which he could see himself in.

“I would fit in well with my personality and the way I play. I think it would be a great fit for me. They obviously play great football here.”

Hart has played well himself this season, amassing over 400 yards and six touchdowns in four games, including a monster 211 yard, four touchdown season opener against Lower Dauphin.

After seeing Maryland play and speaking to Coach Franklin, amongst others, Hart said his style of play could really mesh well with the Terps. “I like how they switch up the formations. Play calling wise, I think I would fit,” he said.

The visit to Maryland vaulted the school into the top two on Hart’s list, with Army, James Madison, West Virginia, Delaware and Columbia also in the mix. Impressions were good all around, though, when it came to College Park.

“It seems they have a really great program. There’s a lot of tradition. I love the atmosphere, the stadium, everything.”

And in regards to feeling comfortable with the school, Hart said similarities with his high school helped the Terps’ chances.

“They have great athletic programs and my high school is the same way. It’s just something I’m used to. And, past the athletics, the campus is beautiful.”

Hart said he would most likely commit after finishing his football season and after all of his offers come in. He has visits to James Madison and Columbia scheduled for the coming weeks.

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