Spring Valley HS (SC) offensive tackle Leon Hart is one of the top prospects in the country. His talent is unquestioned, as he possesses excellent athleticism and agility for his 6-5, 290 pound frame. But what makes him such a good player may be the competition he faces on a daily basis – in practice.
Mack Frost and Anthony Davis, who make up one of the top defensive end tandems in the state of South Carolina, provide tough competition for Hart every day in practice.
“It helps me out a lot,” said Hart of facing his teammates. “I feel that if I can go against those guys and do well in practice that I can go against anyone else I face. They are two of the best around.”
Playing both sides of the ball helps Hart as well, as he feels he has bettered his footwork by playing defensive tackle.
“One of the things that helps me in terms of quickness and agility is playing on both sides of the ball,” said Hart. “Playing defensive tackle has given me more practice with different kinds of drills, and it has made me quicker. I get off the line and on to a linebacker a lot quicker. I’ve also learned how to use my leverage really well.”
Hart has received around 20 scholarship offers thus far. Seven schools stand out to the Spring Valley star, who hopes to have a top five by Thanksgiving.
“Seven schools I’m looking hard at are South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, and Auburn,” said Hart, who says proximity to home will not play a part in his decision. “I will narrow my list to five by Thanksgiving. I want to focus on the season before making my visits.
“I plan on taking all five of my official visits. That may or may not happen though. One of those visits will be to South Carolina for sure. I’ve gotten to know their coaches really well.”
As for Virginia, Hart hopes to make an unofficial visit for a football game but is not sure if he can fit it into his schedule.
“I like Virginia’s coaching staff a lot,” said Hart, who is being recruited by UVA tight ends coach Andy Heck. “They would like me to come on an unofficial visit. I just not sure if I can make the trip during our season.”
Qualifying will not be an issue for Hart, as he is on the right track to easily qualify academically. He would like to major in Electrical Engineering, but if that does not work out he wants to try Business.