Recruiting: Tigers Have Ground to Make Up on Leon Hart


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Leon Hart
Offensive lineman
Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC)
6'4", 285 lbs.
SCVarsity.com #2 Player in South Carolina

Leon Hart finished his senior year by grading out at an average of 93 percent,
and tallied 90 knockdown blocks for Spring Valley (7-6), which was
eliminated in the second round of the 4-A state playoffs.


If dealing with the end of his high school football career wasn't tough
enough, Hart was dealt another tough blow just days later when South
Carolina coach Lou Holtz fired several members of his staff. One of the
men let go was the offensive line coach, who Hart thought very highly of,
and was a big reason why he was considering South Carolina.


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"When it first happened, I was pretty shook up," Hart said. "But when I
sat down and thought about it, I realized it was part of the business that is
college football. I don't hold anything personal against the school for what
happened."


Clemson was among the schools that Hart was interested in early in
the season, but currently isn't part of the list of five schools that the offensive
lineman will choose between.


"I was looking at Clemson sort of hard, but then decided it wasn't the
school for me," Hart said. "It's going to be South Carolina, Ohio State,
Virginia, Auburn, or Georgia. It just depends on how my visits go."


Among Hart's many offers include South Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, and South Carolina State. South Carolina's Skip Holtz visited Hart on Sunday and Clemson's Ron West is scheduled to visit this week.
Clemson recently switched from Brad Scott to Ron West as Hart's recruiter.


Other Recruiting Updates
11/30 FB Josh Smyth, Hoover, AL - No offer
11/27 WR Tremel Kline, Seabrook, SC - No offer
11/26 DL Cory Groover, Southwest Mississippi JC - Clemson offer
11/24 RB Albert Ashcraft, Monroe, NC - Clemson offer
11/23 DL Dorian Capers, Ridgeland, SC - Clemson offer
11/20 QB Jordan Steffy, Leola, PA - Clemson offer
11/19 OL James Thompson, Sumter, SC - Clemson offer
11/18 ATH Sinclair Cannon, Greer, SC - Clemson offer
11/17 WR Brooks Foster, Boiling Springs, SC - Clemson offer
11/16 DL Bryon Bishop, Union, SC - Clemson offer
11/13 WR Sidney Rice, Gaffney, SC - No offer
11/12 Willis Firm With Commitment
11/11 Harris Still Firm with Verbal Commitment to Tigers
11/09 Recruits Excited about Clemson after FSU Blowout
11/06 WR Dwayne Jarrett, New Brunswick, NJ - Clemson offer
11/05 DB Chris Haslon, Burlington, NJ - Clemson offer
10/29 WR Douglas Dutch, Bowie, Maryland - Clemson offer
10/28 LB Eric Berry, Suffolk, VA - Clemson offer
10/27 DL Dwayne Hendricks, Millville, NJ - Clemson offer
10/23 K C.J. Rhody, Stuart, FL - No offer
10/22 OL Ell Ash, Willingboro, NJ - Clemson offer
10/21 Shrine Bowl Rosters Announced
10/20 OL Rashaad Jackson, Union, SC - Clemson offer
10/19 OL L.J. Anderson, Sumter, SC - No offer
10/17 DL Matt Raysor, Bamberg, SC - Soft USC Commitment, Clemson Offer
10/16 DL Elemore Gabriel, Brooklyn, NY - Clemson Commitment
10/15 OL Mike Byrne, Lilitz, PA - No offer
10/14 DT David Brown, Madison, AL - Clemson offer
10/09 OL Courtney Abbott, East Point, GA - Clemson offer
10/08 DE Shukree Barfield, Sicklerville, NJ - Clemson offer
09/25 WR Rodriguez Johnson, Greenville, SC - No offer

Clemson Commitments


1. DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180, 4.5) Jacksonville, FL
2. DT Cory Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO)
3. QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA
4. WR L'Dontae Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL
5. OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL
6. OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL
7. LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220, 4.6) Allendale, SC
8. OL Tony Willis (6-6, 305, 5.3) Highland Springs, VA
9. DL Elemore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY

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