Hart ran for a Florida state record 50 touchdowns this season, while also rushing for more than 2,100 yards and putting up more than 3,000 all-purpose yards in helping Dr. Phillips into the 6A state title game, where the Panthers lost to Miami Central 42-27.
"To my coaches, parents, the Army and to everybody who made this award and this game possible, thank you so much and God Bless America," Hart said.
The award is given to the nation's most outstanding senior in high school football. The announcement was made Friday night at the U.S. Army Awards Dinner at San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Hart was presented with the Ken Hall Trophy, which is modeled after Ken "Sugar Land Express" Hall, high school football's all-time leading rusher.
"Wow, going to NYC for the Player of the Year (tour) was something, but to win this award ... seriously, I am totally humbled," Hart said. "I thought NYC with the Heisman was enough ... now this ... I am so appreciative and honored. Thank you. And a huge salute to our soldiers. Thank you."
Past U.S. Army Player of the Year winners include: Florida State's Lorenzo Booker (2001), Florida's Chris Leak (2003), Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson (2004), Ryan Perrilloux (2005), Mitch Mustain (2006), Jimmy Clausen (2007), Terrelle Pryor (2008), Bryce Brown (2009) and Dillon Baxter (2010).
Hart will play in today's U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome at 1 p.m. (NBC). He is one of 14 Florida players on the roster for the event.
Hart has been trying to decide recently where he will end up playing college football. He had committed to Michigan in October only to change his mind recently for reasons that included but were not solely because the Wolverines fired coach Rich Rodriguez.