Offensive Lineman Prized Prospect Regionally

He's big, he's agile, and he's right in our own backyard. Will he stay or will he go? A lot depends upon academics among other things ...

One of the top at his position in the nation, Spring Valley (SC) offensive lineman Leon Hart is up to eight offers.

"Penn State and Virginia have offered, so now I have eight" says the 6-foot-5, 285 pounder. Those teams include Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia. Hart is not ready to limit his options. Georgia has yet to offer, but is still on his list.

Hart runs a 5.1 40, benches 350 LBS and has a 27" vertical leap. That's impressive for a young man his size and it has a number of college coaches foaming at the mouth. But is Hart ready to name a couple of favorites?

"I am going to start narrowing down and announce a new field after the season, then take some visits and announce on signing day."

What about the two instate schools? With rumors that Hart might be thinking of leaving the state, or at the very least getting away from home for college ... what is he thinking about the two instate schools?

"I like the coaching staff at USC and they've got things going in the right direction with their football program. I also like the atmosphere over there, and USC is close to home. I am going to be attending their day camp this summer ... them being close to home is a good thing to me."

"I like Clemson's engineering program. I definitely want to major in engineering and they have one of the top engineering schools in the country so that might be a factor."

"I like Tennessee too. I've been up there and I had a good time when I went."

Hart says he has an early favorite but he's not telling.

"I would rather wait," he laughed. "It's too early to tell right now and I want to take a look around and see what everyone has to offer. Academics are important to me and so is the overall state of the program I choose. I want to make sure that I am comfortable with the players and the coaches wherever I go."

In other words, Hart, who finished his junior season grading out at 87 percent and had 50 pancake blocks, is looking for a school with good academics in computer engineering and a solid football team.

And will he and his high school teammate Mack Frost try to sign with the same program?

"Maybe," he said. "We're not ruling that out ... it could happen. But it is not an absolute necessity."

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