Once the month of September began, teams had the ability to call players and make up any ground they may have lost over the summer non-contact period. Such is the case for Georgia and Virginia Tech, two programs who have now made the list of blue-chip OL prospect Leon Hart of Spring Valley HS (Columbia, SC).
“You can add Georgia and Virginia Tech to Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, and Auburn,” said Hart. “Those are two teams I’m reconsidering. I remembered how good of an opportunity Georgia would be for me. They have a solid football program and a good engineering program. I’ve always been looking at Virginia Tech. They just hadn’t offered. When they finally offered me over the phone they moved up.”
Hart remains committed to narrowing his list to five around Thanksgiving. It is then that he will set his official visits.
So far, he has taken unofficial trips to two schools for football games and hopes to take more before the end of the college season.
“I went to the South Carolina/Virginia and the South Carolina at Georgia games,” said Hart. “The first game didn’t hurt Virginia, but it might have helped South Carolina. They have really dedicated fans. The Georgia game was my second trip to Athens, and I saw red everywhere. It went real good. The fans really get into the game – they were all doing the bark and telling me this is where I needed to be.
“As for other visits, I hope to go to a Florida game and to a Virginia game. Coach [Andy] Heck wants me to come to the Wake Forest game next week, but I’m not sure if I can make it. I’ll also go to more South Carolina games, since it is only 20 miles away from my house.”
Although he is looking forward to those college trips, Hart wants more to turn around his team’s 1-2 start. He has played well in all three games, grading out at 95, 85, and 91 respectively, but knows his team can “play better. We’ve played all right, but we have to get better.”
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