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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Trae Hart discusses SMU junior day

By Damon Sayles

For a player with video-game stats, Trae Hart (Dallas/First Baptist) is still considered as something of a recruiting enigma. At 5-foot-11 and 155 pounds, he has the speed and elusiveness to be great on a big-time level, but because he played at a small private school, he still has to answer questions.

No matter where or at what level he played, Hart’s stats are beyond impressive. He caught 108 passes for 2,044 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, averaging right at 19 yards per catch. A Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools all-state receiver, Hart led Dallas-area receivers in all classifications in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Hart took in SMU’s junior day on Saturday and had positive things to say about the campus and the program. While he doesn’t have an SMU offer yet, he has been in contact with assistant coach Jason Phillips, and the Mustangs are interested.

“Coach Phillips said he will looking at me throughout the season,” Hart said. “I think he wants me to come to a couple camps this summer.”

Hart appreciated the honesty that SMU brought to the table during Saturday’s junior day. Hart said the program addressed that while it wasn’t a Big 12 or SEC school, it planned on being a contender regardless of classification.

“What you see is what you get; I can respect that,” Hart said. “Football wise, they’re coming up, and they’re on the rise.”

Hart added that SMU’s a strong contender because of its academic background. He’s looking to major in broadcast journalism. Hart added that the coaching staff spoke very highly of SMU’s academics.

On the football field, Hart hopes to attract more schools over the spring and eventually score that first offer. He has looks from Baylor, Rice and TCU. Hart has been to Baylor for a junior day, and he’s planning on attending Rice’s junior day next month.

“Whoever gets me,” Hart said, “is going to get a player who will do whatever you need him to do. They’ll get a player who can learn from his mistakes and get better every day.”