Most who follow recruiting in the Sunshine State expected this to happen sooner rather than later. Bobby Hart, the 6th-rated offensive tackle in the country from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, has committed to Florida State, per JC Shurburtt.
Bobby Hart is a big, versatile offensive lineman with a lot of upside. Rick Trickett will get a lot out of him. Big get for the Noles
Hart called it one of the happiest days of his life and indicated that his family is extremely excited as well. He credited new running back coach Eddie Gran and offensive line coach Rick Trickett for his recruitment.
ESPN has Bobby Hart as one of the 35 best players in the country, regardless of position. Bobby stands 6'5" and weighs in at 295 lbs. Hart is an elite offensive line prospect and what makes him so intriguing is his age. Hart doesn't turn 16 until August 21st, meaning he is a 18 months younger than his graduating class and considerably younger than many elite prospects (who are often 19 by the time they graduate high school). Hart is already as good as many other elite prospects, however, and that's scary considering he is still growing into his body. The slope of his progression curve should be considerably steeper than most other prospects. Hart shows surprising agility for a young kid with a big body. Hart has a tremendous frame, yery long arms and enormous hands for such a young kid. He's high-waisted, however, and must play with better bend. At this point Hart pushes people around more than he drives them. Needs to bring his feet consistently to stay with his blocks, but does show the ability to step laterally like FSU asks of its linemen. Pass protection has a ways to go, but he has all the tools to be a 1st round draft choice in 2016 (potential redshirt, 4 years).
PlantTheSpear.com has quotes from Hart. He discusses using facebook to recruit for Florida State, how FSU's coaches sold his family on the 'Noles, and his expectations at FSU.
Hart is originally from up North. He transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas (school of Richard Goodman and LaMarcus Joyner), from Cardinal Gibbons (not a great program), so he should get much better instruction this year. The Aquinas program also produced current left tackle Andrew Datko, who is on his way to being a 4-year starter for the 'Noles. Teammate Rashad Greene, an ESPNU150 receiver is also a Florida State commitment. Hart will gain more coordination as he grows into his frame and I fully expect him to play at a lean 6'6" 310 lbs. Has a good GPA and at camps has stated that he really likes coach Trickett.
Hart is the 14th commitment for Florida State and the 6th member of the ESPNU 150. Florida State will likely take one or two more offensive linemen. For info on all of FSU's commitments check out the recruiting board.
Film inside on one of the top players in Florida
Bobby Hart St Aquinas High School 2009 football highlite reel (via SCCVIDEOEDITING)