Four-star Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley offensive guard Leon Hart has four schools in mind for official visits later this year and two more battling for the coveted fifth spot.
“Right now, I guess you could say I have a pretty solid top four,” he said. “It would be South Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia and Auburn. I’m still looking for my fifth, but it looks like it will probably be Georgia or Maryland.”
Anyone taking the driver’s seat?
“They’re all even right now,” Hart said. “It’s a hard decision, and it’s only going to get harder the closer it gets to signing day. I’m not really sure what I want to do. They’re all great schools. They all have good football programs and good education. What it will probably come down to is how I feel around the other players when I go on my official visits.”
Hart (6-4, 290, 5.1), a member of the Rivals100 Team and the No. 5 guard in the nation, said he’ll likely wait until December or January to start taking his visits.
With Lou Holtz and South Carolina waiting with open arms just 20 minutes from his home, many feel the Gamecocks will be tough to beat for the state’s No. 1 prospect.
“I get that a lot,” he said. “I think everybody around here is saying that, hoping that I’m going to play at USC. But it’s a lot more open than people might realize.”
He’s made unofficial visits to South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia this fall.
“I really liked the game atmosphere at all three places,” he said. “And I really enjoyed seeing the campus at Georgia and Virginia for the first time. They were really nice.”
Hart has graded out at over 90 percent in five of his eight games this season and has recorded 51 knockdown blocks.
Academically, he maintains a 3.1 GPA and has scored a 940 on the SAT.