I briefly chatted with Orlando Dr. Phillips running back Dee Hart Monday. Though our conversations wasn’t the longest or most comprehensive, I got a couple of good nuggets out of him.
Hart, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country, said that while he’s still committed to Michigan he’s planning to take official visits in January.
Hart said he isn’t totally sure what schools he’ll visit, but Florida and Alabama are two schools that should get visits. Obviously, Hart likes Florida a lot, but Alabama will be in the thick of it until the end. Plus, teammate Hasean Clinton-Dix (the top safety prospect in the country) is currently committed to the Tide. Both have talked about playing together, so it would only make sense for Hart to follow Clinton-Dix to Alabama.
Both should visit Florida next month, which could change a lot for each one. I’m still not sure if new Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to start with a crowded backfield by bringing in Hart (if he can get him), but maybe, just maybe, he knows something I don’t or he likes what Hart can do more than the guys Florida currently has. That’s still all up in the air.
Hart also told me regardless of what happens to Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, he’ll take his visits. It looks like even if Rich Rod returns to Michigan next season Hart will still explore his options. This wasn’t the case earlier this month when he reportedly said he would decommit if Rodriguez was fired.
His recruitment, along with Clinton-Dix’s, will be very fun to watch before National Signing Day in February. Both would be nice additions to Florida’s class.