Dupree Hart May Be Swinging For The Fences

Current Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph was finishing up leading his Rock Hill Northwestern teammates to the Class 4A state championship in South Carolina last December there was a subscriber to GoPokes.com that wrote in suggesting the Cowboys staff recruit Rudolph's favorite receiver to join the quarterback in Stillwater. That receiver is Dupree Hart.

Hart was just a junior with a season to play.

In his career at Northwestern, Rudolph threw for 10,986 yards, and 3,585 yards worth of those passing yards went to Hart. Hart finished his high school career as the leading receiver in South Carolina history by yards with 323 catches for 3,608 yards and the all-time leading touchdown scorer in state history.

All that is made even more amazing by the fact that Hart is listed on the roster at 5-8, which we found out from his coach is generous.

"He's every bit of five-foot-five," Rock Hill Northwestern head coach Kyle Richardson said. "He's a little short thing. He is going to play college baseball at College of Charleston. He is a big-time baseball player too.

"He's finished his career as the all-time leading career reception leader beating out A.J. Green and what is amazing about that is that A.J. did it in four years and Dupree did it in three because after the first game this year we moved him to quarterback."

Hart was pretty good at that too. The numbers we had prior to the two playoff games including last week's 37-36 overtime loss to Byrnes were Hart completed 146-of-209 passing for 1,747 yards with 19 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. He completed 70 percent of his passes. He also ran 188 times for 1,299 yards and 20 more scores. That's an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

"All he did at quarterback at five-foot-five was pass for close to 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500," Richardson added. "He ended up finishing his high school career at third in touchdowns scored in the history of the state. Just a big-time talent and a very good athlete that does everything you ask him to do."

Maybe we'll see Hart someday in an NCAA Baseball Regional. I would agree with the subscriber that suggested it last year, if baseball at Charleston doesn't work out then Hart could sure come play some football in Stillwater.

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