On Monday, Michelle Gardner of Arizona Republic reported that defensive lineman BJ Green and running back George Hart III received scholarships from Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards.
The news comes just days after the NCAA implemented a new rule that allows a team to give away more than 25 scholarships per cycle, as long as said school remains under the 85 scholarship limit.
With Jermayne Lole gone to Louisville, Green could be called upon to fill those shoes after a strong 2020 campaign where he collected five team sacks as a true freshman.
As a sophomore, Green is looking to leave an even bigger footprint along the trenches at Arizona State.
On the attacking side of the ball, Hart finds himself competing for snaps with transfer Xazavian Valladay, Daniyel Ngata and incoming rookie Tevin White.
Here’s what running backs coach Shaun Aguano had to say about Hart earlier in spring training:
“These two guys (Ngata/Valladay) will probably carry the load and hopefully knock on wood, no injury happens, but I trust George Hart as well,” Aguano said. “George Hart is our brilliant guy, (he) always gets it right.”
In a backfield that possessed Rachaad White and Chip Trayanum, Hart only carried the ball ten times as a freshman in 2021.
Now he is looking to compete for more snaps this coming season.
“That couldn’t happen for two top guys,” Edwards told Gardner.
“We tell a lot of the extras who come here that they will have the chance to win a scholarship and I think that’s important. It’s good that when you try to encourage guys to come here as extras, you can show them that’s something we’ve always done.”
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