Germantown (Philadelphia) athlete Delane Hart has seen his recruiting spike since receiving his…
Hart Remaining Patient
Delane Hart of Germantown High (Philadelphia) has a few decisions to make, but before that takes place schools have decisions to make. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hart holds offers from Buffalo, Old Dominion, Eastern Michigan and Tulane, but it is the interest of Michigan State, Temple, Rutgers and West Virginia that likely will dictate the route Hart's recruitment takes. Hart has been impressive as a receiver on the 7-on-7 circuit this spring, and coaches made Germantown High a stopping point to check him out. "They say I can play on both sides of the ball, but I like receiver," Hart said. "I like beating defenders, catching the ball and making spectacular plays. It's either receiver or safety/linebacker where I come up and play a third or fourth linebacker." Hart is waiting for his first BCS offer, and it is tied to a pair of things. "Schools want to see me run," he said. "They either want me to come to camp or are waiting to see where my grades stand with my GPA. I'm doing very well (this year) and I'm on the honor roll. Schools want to see me finish strong. Every coach comes in and tells me the same thing, and that pushes me and pushes me." Hart said he ran above 5.0 in the 40-yard dash last year because he didn't know the proper technique needed, and he didn't understand the value of a low 40 time. He has worked hard to improve his explosion and running form, and is optimistic he will run a sub 4.8 later this month. Of the schools yet to offer, Hart said Rutgers may be the closest. "They said if they offered me, it would be as a linebacker," Hart said. "I think I'm fast enough to be a receiver. I've been up there plenty of times." If the Scarlet Knights extend the offer, it would put them in very good shape. "It they offer me, that's probably going to be my No. 1 choice right now," Hart said. West Virginia is also keeping a close eye on Hart, but he was told there is no flexibility for what position he would play. "They're recruiting me for defense," Hart said. "They already have some offers out to receivers, so they like me on defense. They already have Ricky Rogers committed at wide receiver so they're off the receivers." Hart is also talking to Temple, but at this point he wants to go away for school. Michigan State, where he wants to visit, recently stopped by the school and want him at camp. "Teams really like me as outside linebacker and teams really like me as a receiver," Hart said. "It's really up to me where I want to go, and where I want to play. That's probably going to be a hard decision."
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