2013 Signee Spotlight: Greg Hart

Greg Hart had a double-digit offer list, but the offer to play H-back at Nebraska was something he couldn't pass up.

Greg Hart

6-foot-5, 225 pounds / Archbishop Alter HS (Kettering, OH)

"Greg is a guy that I was very high on not just as a tight end, but also as a defensive end. He is a BCS player on both sides of the ball. Greg had some injuries early in his career which stopped some interest in him, but Nebraska got a steal. He can really run, make plays outside as a split out end, but as he grows and gets bigger he will become that more complete tight end."
- Allen Trieu, FoxSportsNext National Recruiting Analyst

Senior Honors: Honorable-mention Division III All-Ohio and conference defensive lineman of the year

Senior Stats: 20 receptions, 300 yards and three touchdowns as well as 60 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception

The Lowdown: Things could have been very different for Greg Hart when it came to recruiting. There were injuries early in his career that may have caused some programs to shy away later in the process. Those teams that decided to take a pass opened the door for Nebraska to come in, make an offer, and secure his commitment.

Hart may be as good as any two-way player in the nation. Nebraska is looking for the 2013 prospect to come in and add another dimension to a potent offense by becoming a speedy H-Back.

But don't try and sell playing defense in college to Hart because he's not buying. Hart's totally convinced that he could play defense at the next level and be successful. It's just that if he had his choice to pursue what he wants to do, it will include him catching passes and scoring touchdowns for Nebraska.

The Huskers were offer No. 15 for Hart and just a week and a half after offering, Nebraska vaulted 11 other teams to become part of Hart's top four. Hart took a trip to Nebraska just a month after getting an offer and just 48 hours later, the Ohio product had seen enough and decided that Nebraska was the right place for him.

Why Nebraska: "It was the people there at Nebraska that made it the right place for me, the coaching staff and the opportunity there was the best. I see myself excelling there. The minute that I left Coach Bo Pelini's office with my dad, after talking for about an hour, I told my dad that I was ready and that was the guy that I wanted to play football for."

Who Else: Northwestern, Purdue, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh among others.

Who Recruited Him: Barney Cotton, John Garrison and Tim Beck

BRR Projection: Hart is a player to keep an eye on in this class because there is a need for immediate help at the tight end position. Nebraska has bigger tight ends on the roster, but there isn't anyone like Hart in Lincoln currently. There are a lot of reasons to think of Kyler Reed when you think about the role that Hart could potentially play in the Nebraska offense. But, I liken him a little more to a guy like Matt Herian. Herian was that over-sized wide receiver that could line up tight, out wide or in the offensive backfield to create mismatches. Hart doesn't have that top-end gear that either Reed or Herian had, but he isn't too far off. Look for Hart to start out more used as an H-Back or more of a U (think Mike McNeill), but give him some time to add weight and you will see a complete tight end.

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