Hart Watch

Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 295, 5.2) now has three scholarship offers and hopes to add one from the University of Arkansas after the UA Seniors Camp on July 22-23.

During the month of June, Jim Hart has no doubt been the biggest lawn mower in Pocahontas.

That's both in numbers of yards mowed and size, since he is a 6-7, 295-pound lineman.

"I've stayed pretty busy, too busy to get to any camps," Hart said. "I've mowed about 50 lawns and I've been helping put in a new floor at my grandfather's house. I'm also just about to go to New York on a church mission trip."

Hart certainly hasn't dropped off the recruiting radar as evidenced by the fact that he now sports offers from Mississippi State, Arkansas State and Duke and got a letter earlier this week from University of Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson.

"Coach Markuson said don't worry about getting the offer, just come up in July and it will be taken care of when I come up for camp," Hart said. "That made me feel really good about that."

The Duke offer is a conditional one based on him improving his ACT score.

"They said it would be there for me if I got the score high enough on my ACT," Hart said. "I took and made 17 the first time, which is not satisfactory to me."

Hart has been a tight end his first two years of high school ball, but worked this spring at offensive tackle - his projected college position.

"They practiced me all spring at tackle until the last day when he put me back at tight end," Hart said. "He said we didn't have any adequate blockers out there."

Actually there is not a ton of difference for Hart, who in two seasons has hauled in just 16 passes for 166 yards at tight end for Pocahontas' run-oriented offense.

"I go out on hot routes sometimes, but we don't really throw the ball much around here," Hart said.

Hart recorded a 5.2 at a Nike Combine at Ole Miss last month and hopes to lower that when he comes to the UA Seniors Camp on July 22-23.

"I hope to run a little faster," Hart said. "I'm definitely looking forward to coming up again. It's the school I have supported growing up."

When last checked on during the spring, Hart was listed at 305.When last checked on during the spring, Hart was listed at 305.

"But I've been so busy and been working out four times a week and hitting the weights and I've gotten a little slimmer," Hart said. "I think it is a good weight for me."

When last checked on during the spring, Hart was listed at 305.

"But I've been so busy and been working out four times a week and hitting the weights and I've gotten a little slimmer," Hart said. "I think it is a good weight for me."

"But I've been so busy and been working out four times a week and hitting the weights and I've gotten a little slimmer," Hart said. "I think it is a good weight for me."

Hart has a bunch of brochures to go through once he gets back from New York.

"I'm not sure what other camps I will go to besides Arkansas," Hart said. "A lot of them seem to overlap and be happening at the same time."

There is a lot of speculation that Hart will be offered a scholarship by Arkansas and end up in Fayetteville when it is all said and done.

"They are really high on my list because I grew up watching them, but the other schools have certainly put a lot of effort into recruiting me as well and I want to make sure to do some research and look them over good as well," Hart said. "I want to make the right decision."


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