Ole Miss is “like family” for Hart

Memphis, Tenn., linebacker Tim Hart would rather not wait.


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See, the three-star linebacker, who visited Ole Miss earlier this month for its elite camp, isn’t enamored with the recruiting process. If he could have it his way, he’d announce for a school in August or September and simply shift focus to his senior season at Memphis University School.

If only recruiting were so easy.

“I’m hearing from everybody about the same right now,” said Hart, who holds offers from, among others, Ole Miss, Memphis, LSU and Tennessee.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Hart is obviously familiar with the Rebels. Oxford is but an hour drive from Memphis, and Ole Miss hasn’t been shy about dipping into MUS for talent. For example, its starting center, Ben Still, is a former Owl.

“It’s a little bit more of a homey atmosphere,” Hart said of Ole Miss. “I know a lot of people down here. A lot of players from Memphis come through here. It’s like a family. Everybody knows everybody. It’s fun to be around.”

But even the Rebels, who seem to be a favorite for Hart, aren’t perfect. No school is, something Hart, rated the No. 68 outside linebacker in the recruiting class of 2016, has learned.

“You’ll never find a perfect school, really,” he said. “Every school’s going to have something you don’t like. But academically, being able to declare the major you want to declare. The best fit for you as far as coaching and all that. There’s a lot that goes into it.”

Hart has been nothing if not productive for MUS over the last two seasons, totaling 196 solo tackles, six sacks and two interceptions. Still, Hart believes he has plenty to work on to become the player he hopes to be in college.

That’s why Hart is level-headed about the possibility of redshirting as a freshman. Immediate playing time isn’t all that important to him.

“I’d like to see how it plays out when I get there,” he said. “A lot of guys don't like to be redshirted, but I think a redshirt is an advantage. You get to build on yourself and build on your skills and talents. If it’s time for me to play and it’s time for me to perform, that’s what I’ll do.”

Whenever he gets on the field, though, Hart believes he’ll be an asset to the school that ultimately lands his services. He said he styles his game after a number of accomplished linebackers, among them former Ole Miss All-American and San Fransisco 49er Patrick Willis.

“I see myself as a player that, as a linebacker, that’s very adaptable,” he said. “I can play inside and outside. You can pretty much put me where you need me to be. I can deal with linemen, and I can play well in space in coverage.”


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