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2026 QB Brady Hart Caps Big Week with Notre Dame Offer

December 14, 2023
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2026 Cocoa (Fla.) quarterback Brady Hart‍ is living his best life. 

Last week, the 6-foot-5, 185-pounder capped off an impressive sophomore season with a state title as Cococa beat Bradford 20-6. 

“It was a special season,” Hart told ISD. “We won some really big games and won a state championship. It’s something I’ll be able to remember forever. It was a really cool experience with my guys and I learned a lot.”

Cocoa finished 14-1 on the year behind Hart as he threw for 3,760 yards, 41 touchdowns and completed 67 percent of his passes. 

Despite the big season and state title, Hart is already itching to get back to work as he wants to lead Cocoa to a third straight state championship. 

“It’s one of those things where it felt good for a couple days,” said Hart. “I’m not satisfied. It’s not fulfilling and I want to go win one next year.”

When it comes to recruiting, Hart has the attention of schools across the nation as Arkansas, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, South Florida, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech have already extended offers. 

Notre Dame joined that group on Wednesday as Hart reached out to Irish quarterback coach Gino Guidugli. 

“It was one I was definitely expecting,” explained Hart. “Coach Gino, I had heard a lot about him and it was the first time I’ve been in contact with him. He’s a great coach and I love what he does. Notre Dame is a school I definitely would want to play for.” 

The early attention can change life quickly, but Hart is taking it all in stride as he knows this is just the beginning of his story. 

“It’s a blessing,” stated Hart. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity God has provided me with. I’m going to take it and run with it.” 

As Hart dives into his offseason, the Florida native will be working with a name Notre Dame fans should be familiar with in Baylin Trujillo. 

Trujillo also works with fellow 2026 Florida quarterback Noah Grubbs‍, who the Irish have also offered and hosted earlier this fall. 

“He’s been awesome,” Hart said of Trujillo. “I think he’s the best quarterback coach in the country. He’s helped me develop into the player I am today.

“I want to make some more off-platform throws and throw on the run better. I want to work on my overall game and arm strength.” 

When you turn on Hart’s tape, you quickly notice his pinpoint accuracy. In fact, Hart has rare accuracy for a sophomore and while it’s something he always works on, the Cocoa star admits it also came naturally. 

“It’s something that came natural, but you have to put the work in,” Hart explained. “I’ve worked hard and having good people around me has allowed me to be accurate and make those plays.” 

And while the offer from Notre Dame came less than 24 hours ago, Hart already is looking for a date to get to South Bend. 

“I’ll probably be up there in January or for spring practice,” said Hart. “I’ll also be at North Carolina and probably Penn State.” 

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