Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA STATE NOTEBOOK; Young Hart Is 'Amazing'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA STATE NOTEBOOK; Young Hart Is 'Amazing'

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

TALLAHASSEE - Because Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has never coached at the high school level, he will get a new experience in August when offensive tackle Bobby Hart enrolls.

Hart is only 16 years old.

"It's the most amazing thing I've ever seen," Fisher said Wednesday after FSU announced its 2011 signing class.

"If you go by Florida high school rules, he might have three years left. But he's ready to play. Anyone who thinks he's young and not ready is crazy. He's a very special guy."

Hart, one of the three players the Seminoles signed from Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, began school a year early - prompted, his parents have said, by the fact that he was potty-trained much earlier than most children in a 2-year-old preschool class.

Hart is 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds.

He will turn 17 Aug. 21, after the beginning of two-a-day practices.

"Other high school coaches have told me they had freshmen who were 16 years old," Fisher said.

Hart also is a good all-around athlete. He played basketball on a traveling AAU team and qualified for the state meet in wrestling as a sophomore.

NOW COMES THE HARD PART

FSU has the No. 1 recruiting class, according to ESPN. But so did Florida last year, and everyone knows how that's turned out so far.

Fisher agreed that success on signing day is only the first of a three-part process.

"We hope we've evaluated well," he said.

"It's in three phases. We had to recruit, and we got the players we wanted. Now we have to develop them and get them on the field and put them in position to make plays, and hopefully coach them so they can perform inside those white lines."

INROADS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

The Seminoles signed 10 players from Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County, re-establishing themselves in South Florida.

Fisher said it had to do with the relationships he and his coaching staff had built up with South Florida high school coaches over the years. …

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