Former Imani Christian star wide receiver Rahmon Hart Jr. is coming home.
Hart was rated as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2019 and picked Ball State over offers from Army, Buffalo, Iowa State, Navy, Temple and Toledo, among others. But following the Mid-American Conference’s decision to postpone their fall 2020 football season, Hart made the decision to leave Ball State and wanted to be closer to home.
Jerry Schmitt and Duquesne were one of the first schools to reach out after he entered the transfer portal earlier this week and Hart made the quick decision to join the Dukes football program.
Hart played in only one game last season for Ball State and redshirted, which means he’ll still have four seasons of athletic eligibility at Duquesne.
Redshirt Freshmen Wr. 6’3 220 pic.twitter.com/baBnUZ3E6h
— Rahmon Hart Jr. (@_rjhart) August 26, 2020
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Hart on Thursday evening to get this thoughts on the change in his football future.
“It was a difficult decision to make because I really liked the football players and the coaching staff,” said Hart. “But outside of football, I wasn’t happy and didn’t like it there. Leaving my teammates and coaches was the difficult part.
”Since we’re in a pandemic, I felt that Duquesne would be the best choice for me. I really like the Duquesne program along with the academics that the school provides. They reached out to me through FaceTime and actually talked to my dad first about the offer. They really just showed a lot of interest.”
This is a big get for Duquesne football program. In addition to his three-star rating and slew of high-profile offers, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Hart caught 125 passes for 2,358 yards and 27 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Imani.
“Duquesne is getting a big, physical receiver that can run the route tree that can go up and make contested catches,” Hart said.
The Dukes and the rest of the Northeast Conference have also postponed their 2020 season, with the intention to play this spring. Hart should be immediately eligible to play.