Sam Hart has joined the ranks of fellow future Ohio State teammates TreVeyon Henderson and Jordan Hancock in announcing that he will be foregoing his senior season of high school football.
On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced that it is moving football to the spring, but Hart – the Buckeyes' 2021 tight end commit out of Cherokee Trail (Co.) High School – followed up by announcing via Twitter that he is still going to move forward with his plans to enroll early in Columbus.
I am so heartbroken by this decision, however i plan on still enrolling early to the Ohio State University. Therefore i will not be participating in my senior season for football or wrestling. Thank you CT for everything https://t.co/E7Wt3iMiEG— Sam Hart (@sam_hart82) August 4, 2020
Not only is Hart a standout football player – one who is ranked No. 16 among tight ends nationally and ranked No. 4 overall in the state of Colorado – but he is also a state champion wrestler, so he will be foregoing his final season on the mat as well.
In February, the 6-foot-5 grappler won Colorado's 5A state title at the 220-pound weight class, polishing off a 38-0 record and breaking through following a state runner-up finish in the same weight class the season prior.
With his decision, Hart joins Henderson and Hancock as recent Buckeye commits in the 2021 class to announce they will forego their senior season in order to focus on training and preparing to enroll at Ohio State in January.
Henderson, a five-star running back out of Hopewell (Va.) High School, announced that he will not be transferring to an out-of-state school after the Virginia High School League announced it was moving high school football to the spring. And Hancock, a four-star cornerback out of North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School, announced on Monday that he will be sitting out his senior season amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hart, Henderson and Hancock are three of 11 reported Ohio State commits who are planning to enroll early, as Jack Sawyer, Kyle McCord, Jayden Ballard, Reid Carrico, Evan Pryor, Marvin Harrison Jr., Denzel Burke, Jantzen Dunn and Jesse Mirco are each set to do so as well.