Junior to Watch: Jim Tartt
School: Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
Position: Offensive guard
Size and speed: Tartt is 6-foot-4, 310-pounds and has been clocked at 5.15 seconds in the 40-yard dash by his coach at and speed camp. Tartt also has a 24-inch vertical leap, 415-pound bench press, can put up 34 repetitions of 185 pounds and squat 500 pounds.
Honors: Tartt a first-team all-state selection in Class 3A as a junior.
Statistics: Tartt, as an offensive lineman, didn’t have any significant statistics.
Favorite Schools: Tartt lists Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee as his top teams.
Skinny: "He's just so big and straight ahead he's unbelievable," Wakulla coach J.D. Jones told Warchant.com.
"There's nobody that we have that can come close to staying with him. He's got good enough feet that he can do pulls and traps in the offense that we run. As a sophomore he played defensive tackle for us. This last year he was predominately an offensive player."
That big and strong player that Jones was describing is his star offensive lineman Jim Tartt, who is one of the better prospects in the state of Florida for the Class of 2004.
Tartt definitely is a special prospect and by watching his film it’s easy to see that he has what it takes to be a star on the next level. His drive blocking is amazing and he serves up more pancakes than IHOP.
“I guess the best thing to stay is that I’m aggressive,” he said.
No doubt. A majority of the plays on his evaluation tape is of him just destroying players and putting them to the ground. It’s no wonder that teams like Alabama, Florida Sate, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee are all actively recruiting.
Tartt said he grew up a fan of Florida State and would be very interested in them if they offered a scholarship – but he also points out that he’s very high on the other teams on his list and that he also watched Florida and Miami closely.
“I think the biggest thing is that I want to play for a school that’s going to get me a good education,” Tartt, who has a 2.8 grade-point average and already qualified with a 17 on the ACT.
“I also definitely want to play for a winning program.”