Recruiting: Hart Gives His Verbal To OSU

It was a tough weekend for both the Oklahoma State football team and Pearl River (Miss.) Community College defensive end Darius Hart. But by Monday both OSU and Hart were united with the idea each can make the football future better together.

While the Cowboys lost to second-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, Hart and his Pearl River teammates saw their season come to a close with a 52-7 loss to powerful Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. in the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association Championship Game.

The 6-6, 250-pound Hart is one of the top junior college defensive linemen in Mississippi and had already visited his top two choices in Oklahoma State and Louisville. He said he really liked the Cowboys and the relationship between players and coaches in Stillwater on his visit.

"The players and the coaches really get along and they enjoy being together," said Hart. "That's good because players and coaches are around each other a lot. The facilities are the best and the new stuff in the west end zone is going to be unbelievable."

It was an even greater sign that OSU would get the nod when Hart came back from his Louisville visit and said that Oklahoma State was still leading. His host for his visit to Stillwater was long-time friend Jeremiah Price, the Cowboy defensive end who came to OSU out of Jones County C.C. in the same MJCAA conference.

Price had been telling teammates, coaches, and friends in Stillwater for the past week that Hart was coming to OSU. Hart was ready to announce his decision with the PRCC Wildcats season now completed.

"I committed on Monday morning," said Hart. "I called Coach (Glenn) Spencer (defensive line coach), and he was excited about it.

"I'd been thinking about it the last couple of weeks. I came back from my visit to Louisville and I was still favoring Oklahoma State. They had been my leader for awhile. I was going to wait until after my visit to Kansas State but with the coach being fired and everything I was not going to make that visit, so I went ahead and committed."

Hart told us that he had three or four fumble recoveries and seven sacks this past season in 10 games. You have to like this about him, the season ended on Saturday with the playoff loss to Gulf Coast and Monday he was in the weight room lifting.

"I didn't waste any time," he said about working toward next season. "I was in the weight room today."

Hart is scheduled to be a mid-term graduate at Pearl River and be ready to enroll at mid-term and be involved in offseason and spring football at Oklahoma State.

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