Hart's childhood favorite comes calling

Greg Hart (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) grew up a Miami (FL) fan, and the Hurricanes are no stranger to producing elite tight ends. Hart is not thinking that far ahead, but he could be next in line.

Miami has not offered Hart, but the Hurricanes staff has started showing interest in the 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior.

“I kind of grew up a Miami fan. It’s actually really cool to be in contact with them now,” Hart said. “I know it’s a good program, and they’ve put a lot of people in the league. I still need to see it and everything.”

The Hurricanes have produced a number of first-round and Pro Bowl tight ends over the years, including Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr. and Greg Olsen. Tight ends coach Brennan Carroll reached out to Hart and told him the Hurricanes are in need of a tight end with his skill set.

“I talked to him yesterday and on Facebook over the weekend,” Hart said. “He said he likes my film and that he’s going to come watch some workouts and see how I perform. He thinks they’re in desperate need of tight ends at Miami.”

Illinois and Northwestern are two other programs to show interest in Hart but are still waiting to extend him an offer. He did pick up an offer from Akron and Kent State on Tuesday, though. Hart spoke with Kent State tight ends coach Dave McMichael in the afternoon.

“He said he really likes my size and athleticism and I have the frame to do some good things,” Hart said. “He’d like to coach me some day.”

As for favorites at this point, Hart said he is still wide open despite growing up rooting for the Hurricanes.

“I’m leaving everything open,” he said. “I want to see what happens and take my visits and narrow it down from there.”