31 January 2011
Over the next few weeks, we'll be looking in-depth at the players that Alabama is able to sign on Wednesday. A few weeks back, nxojkt gave you a snapshot of the eight players who enrolled this spring. http://bamasportsreport.com/2011-articles/january/bama-welcomes-eight-new-players.html
Bama was able to bring in one more player late when BJ Scott transferred out of the program. All-everything back Demetrius "Dee" Hart".
Get the full scoop after the jump.
Demetrius “Dee” Hart – 5’8” – 190 lbs. – Running Back – Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips
Hart is a five star Rivals player and four star ESPN prospect. Rivals rates him as the best back in the class, and 19th best player overall. According to ESPN, he’s the eighth best back, and the 79th overall.
He had gaudy numbers as a senior - 2,224 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns while leading his team to the state championship game, where they suffered their first loss of the season to Miami Central.
Hart originally committed to Michigan, but reconsidered around the time Rich Rodriguez was shown the door.
He is an incredibly talented runner. He carried the ball eight times for 100 yards in the US Army All-American Bowl high school all-star game and was named MVP of the game. He’s a very quick, shifty back who can make people miss. At only 190 pounds, he’s not likely to run anyone over, but he is very fast – he’s been clocked as fast as 4.4 seconds in the 40. He did a great job returning punts as well.
Hart is a gifted receiver as well. He has a huge vertical leap and that means he’s able to become a more effective target. In Alabama’s sets, backs are routinely motioned out of the backfield, and Hart has the opportunity to excel as a slot receiver in addition to carrying the ball. This was one of Hart’s stated reasons for coming to Alabama.
He’s prepped in the big leagues of high school football in Orlando, Florida so expect him to be prepared to contribute at the next level sooner than later.
Projection: Solid playing time as a freshman. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him as the Tide’s third down back and/or returning kicks and punts.
Some nice runs in the first video
And an impressive couple of catches punctuated by a more impressive back flip.