One of the Sunshine State’s top offensive linemen is taking a close look at five schools at this stage in his recruitment.
“I’m looking at Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Michigan and Miami,” said Crawfordville Wakulla’s Jim Tartt. “Florida State and Clemson have offered, but the others all say they like me a whole lot. I’m pretty much open between those right now.”
Tartt (6-4, 320, 5.15) has the power and footwork to be terrific guard at the next level. He boasts a 420-pound bench press and squats more than 500. He’s also already qualified (2.8 GPA, 17 ACT), making him a prime candidate for more scholarship offers as the season approaches.
It’s been an uneventful summer for Tartt, who has focused on individual workouts rather than making the camp rounds. However, he does plan to attend Florida’s camp on July 12-13.
“I like the Florida coaching staff a lot,” he said. “They seem like really good guys to play for, and I believe they’re getting ready to have some great teams with all the talent they’ve been bringing in. I’ve been to the school a couple of times and liked it a lot. They’ve got a great atmosphere there.”
And what about the other schools on his list?
“Florida State is a school I really liked growing up, right here close to Tallahassee. But I’m a little unsure about their coaching situation and some other things there.
“I would be very interested in Miami if I got an offer. Obviously, they have a great program. They seemed to be impressed this spring. I’m hoping to hear more from them.
“Clemson is a school I don’t know all that much about, but I’m trying to find out more since they offered. I got to see their stadium on a trip by there with my family, but that’s it so far.
“With Michigan, one of my coaches talked with the recruiting coach from there, and he said they were highly interested in me and would be getting back in touch. They said I was one of the only O-Linemen they’re looking at in Florida. A lot of their linemen end up in the pros, too, so that’s something that got my attention.”