Big-Time OL Narrows List

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Originally, Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) offensive line prospect Leon Hart had targeted Thanksgiving as the day he wanted to narrow his list to five schools. After deliberating over the course of his senior season, he is way ahead of schedule.

“I was telling everyone I would have my list by Thanksgiving, but I started narrowing things down slowly over our season,” said Hart. “I would look at each school and see what direction their football program was going in, see how each school would fit me and my major, and narrow down from there. I haven’t planned any dates yet, but I know four schools I’m going to. They are South Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia, and Auburn. I’m deciding between Maryland and Georgia for my fifth visit.”

Hart says he will “choose between the five I take my visits to. I want to take all five visits so I can give each school a fair chance.” He hopes to decide between Maryland and Georgia for the final visit before Thanksgiving.

At 6-5, 290 pounds, Hart is a versatile offensive line prospect. Schools are looking at him to play either offensive tackle or guard on the next level. One of the top offensive line prospects in the country, he was recently named to the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl roster.

The talented big man says his favorite schools “are all about even right now.” Hart had the following to say about each school he has selected to visit.

South Carolina…

“I’ve always been interested in South Carolina. Out of all of them, I’ve had a chance to see them most since they are close to home. I’m very comfortable with their coaches.”

Ohio State

“I really like my recruiting coordinator coach [Luke] Fickell. I’d have a chance to come in and get early playing time.”


“At Virginia, I’d have a chance to play for a good team and get a great degree in Engineering. They are the number one public school in the country. I like Coach [Andy] Heck who’s my recruiting coordinator. I’ve spoken with Coach Groh as well, and I like him.”


“I really like the offensive line coach [Hugh] Nall. I visited the campus one day over the summer, and I really enjoyed my visit there.”

Hart has been to South Carolina, Georgia, and Clemson on unofficial trips. He hopes to make at least a few more.