Hart gets pressure off the edge

Four-year programs are always looking for physical prospects to play defensive end and Holmes DE Larry Hart (6-1, 256) has the tools necessary to be successful at the D-1 level. After a solid performance this spring at the JCFootball.com Mississippi combine Hart has begun to hear from several big name schools and we talked to him recently about what he's been up to this summer.

"We've been working really hard this summer," Hart said about his workouts with his teammates. "I've really tried to focus on taking things one play at a time and being as focused and intense as I can for every play."

Hart prepped at Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi and just missed qualifying.

"My grades weren't great, but I also took the ACT late and didn't get the score I needed so I had to go the JC route," Hart said. "Honestly, I didn't really take things that seriously in the classroom and it kinda came back to bite me a bit, but I'm straight with my grades now and I'll graduate in December."

As a freshman for Holmes in 2006, Hart had a solid season posting 31 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks and a blocked kick.

"I think I did pretty well, but I expect more of myself," Hart said. "My goals this year are for the team first, we want to win a championship, but for myself, I want to have double-digit sacks, five forced fumbles and like 60 tackles.

"I also wouldn't mind scoring a touchdown," Hart added with a chuckle. "The defensive lineman don't get to celebrate those much so that's kinda a selfish goal but it would be fun."

At the Mississippi combine, Hart had a very good day, registering a 4.71 forty-time, a 4.36 shuttle, a 33-inch vertical and he did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

"That day was a lot of fun," Hart said. "I had a blast and that kinda just capped my spring off because I had a good spring with my team as well."

On the recruiting front, Hart has been hearing from Tennessee, Memphis, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Louisville and UAB.

"Memphis and Kansas State have been contacting me the most so far," Hart said. "Kansas State calls and texts all the time and my coaches said Louisville has just started to get in contact with them about me and Tennessee asked for film and talked about me with my coaches too."

As stated before, Hart will finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Hart as the season gets underway.

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