- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Greg Hart (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) picked up an offer from Nebraska on Thursday, and the Cornuskers immediately moved into his newly formed top four.
Huskers graduate assistant Vince Marrow visited Hart’s high school on Thursday and delivered the offer during a brief conversation with Hart. Garrison told Hart the Huskers plan to sign two tight ends – one traditional on-the-line tight end and one H-back type, which Hart considers himself.
Hart, ranked 11th nationally at his position, has not visited the Huskers yet – he hopes to do so in May – but already knows a good deal about the program.
“The tradition, the atmosphere, the academics – I think they have the most academic All-Americans in the nation ever – they average about nine wins for the last 40 years [and] they sell out every game,” Hart said of what intrigues him about Nebraska.
Joining the Huskers in the 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior’s top four are Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Virginia.
Hart has checked out Northwestern a few times already and will be making an overnight visit on Apr. 28. The Wildcats are recruiting Hart to play the “super back” in their offense, which is similar to an H-back.
“Coach Fitz is an awesome guy. I stay in touch with him once a week,” Hart said. “I think coach Fitz has the program in the right direction. They’re about to put a bunch money into facilities, their academic reputation is insane, and, along with the position and the quality guy that coach Fitz is, I think it’s an all-around great place.”
Hart has also visited Pitt previously and has a great relationship with the new coaching staff.
“I have a really strong relationship with coach [Paul] Chryst and coach [Joe] Rudolph. They’ve been awesome to me and treated me great,” he said. “I worked with coach Rudolph at camp, and I think he’s a great guy and great coach. He can develop people and he sends people to the league like at Wisconsin.
The sleeper in Hart’s top four is Virginia, a place he has not visited yet. Hart is intrigued to learn more about the Cavaliers as he has only spoken to the staff twice.
“I’ve only talked to coach [Bill] Lazor twice,” Hart said, “but the ACC is a conference I like a lot, and Virginia is a good program. They have a few tight ends in the league and is a great academic school. I want to see it.
Iowa assistant Brian Ferentz put a call in to Hart the first day of the spring evaluation period and Boston College visited Alter last week. Pitt, Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame headline the group coming to Alter this coming week. He admits an offer from Miami, Notre Dame or another BCS school could shake up his top four.
Hart hopes for a decision by June after visiting each of his top four at least once more.
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