Friday, May 3, 2013
Texas WR quite a catch for B1G school
By Damon Sayles
Wide receiver Trae Hart (Dallas/First Baptist) didn’t need to make the recruiting process a drawn-out event. He picked up his first offer, thought about it for a short time and then made his dream of playing college football a reality.
Hart picked up an offer from Purdue on Friday afternoon, and the 5-foot-11, 160-pound receiver didn’t waste any time agreeing to join the Boilermakers. Recruited by Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop, Hart verbally committed early evening, choosing the Boilermakers over interest from SMU, Tulsa, Rice, Baylor and Texas State.
“I jumped on it,” Hart said. “I did some research, and they’re a really good academic school. I like Coach Shoop. I felt good about it, and I committed.
“I feel like a big weight’s been lifted off my shoulders. I got the first offer out the way. That’s the hardest one to get. I’m just happy right now.”
Hart joins linebacker Brandon Garner (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) in Purdue’s 2014 recruiting class. While Garner is a defensive standout, Hart has the tools to become a dynamic offensive presence in the Big Ten Conference. Hart caught 108 passes for 2,044 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, earning MVP honors in his district and also earning all-state honors.
Hart led Dallas-area receivers in all classifications in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. There are few receivers who brag about catching 100 passes for their high school career. Hart’s hoping to finish a two-year career at First Baptist -- last year was his first at the private school -- with 200 receptions.
Along with having great hands, Hart is an overall athlete for First Baptist. He’s a sprinter for the school’s track and field team. Hart said his best 40-yard dash time is 4.45 seconds.
While excited to make the verbal pledge, Hart is looking forward to visiting West Lafayette, Ind., and taking in the campus atmosphere. More importantly, he’s pumped about putting on a Purdue uniform and playing against the best the Big Ten has to offer.
“They [Purdue fans] are getting a player coming in to do what I’ve got to do to produce,” Hart said. “I’m going to be the best player I can possibly be.”