In just his freshman year at Dr. Phillips High School, Demetrius "Dee" Hart was identified by…
"Well I always liked Bama."
Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 8 Running Back
Size: 5-foot-9, 189-pounds
Hometown: Dr. Phillips High School Orlando, Fla.
Projected Position: Running Back
Stats: Hart rushed for 2,218 yards and added 28 receptions for 518 yards in 2010. He accounted for more than 3,000 total yards as a senior scoring a total of 50 touchdowns. He was named the U.S. Army National Player of the Year.
Commit Date: 1/8/2011
Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Florida, Michigan
Why Alabama: "Well I always liked Bama. First of all, a lot of things came up. The coaching change at Michigan and me trying to get into school early. I didn't know what coach was going to be there [Michigan]. I was going into a situation where I didn't know anybody I had good relationship with and come in early knowing that they were going to be there to help me. When they were leaving, Alabama was just always a place I wanted to go."
Strengths/Improvements: "My strength on the field is my field vision and passion for the game. I need to continue to stay in the weight room and be a leader."
Coach Quotes (Offensive Coordinator Kevin Booker): "He became a big weapon in our offense leading he team in rushing and was second in receiving. He set a school record with 170 receiving yards in a game and did it with only three catches."
"Dee's senior year is when you saw it all come together for him as a true running back. His field vision, ability to break tackles, his cuts, and leg strength was unbelievable. He was our guy on offense. It didn't hurt that the offense line was better, but this was clearly a bigger, stronger, harder running Dee Hart."
"There were four games this year which Dee rushed for over 200 yards. In one game he had six touchdowns in the first half, and we didn't play him in the second half. In four games he took the first play from scrimmage for a touchdown, and two of those games were in the playoffs. In a few games the players from the other teams were doing some jawing, calling us "overrated" so it was nice to see Dee bust one of them right off the bat."
"I think Dee felt comfortable with the coaching staff at Alabama. He liked Coach Saban and said he thought he spoke to him genuinely without trying to sound like he was selling him anything. Coach Saban talked with Dee about what Alabama has and where he'd fit in and didn't making any promises or guarantees. He told him if you're going to get early playing time he was going to have to work to earn it."
"I may be biased, but I can say objectively that this kid is honestly special. People question his size (5-9, 190), but some of the best running backs in NFL history were small like Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. I'm not trying to compare him to those guys, but it wouldn't surprise me if he turned into that type of player. He's ultra-athletic, ultra-driven, and ultra-intelligent. Some of the things Dee can do are just uncoachable."
"Dee is the best kid I've ever coached. He did a great job in the classroom. At some high schools the academic staff and the athletic staff are often at odds, but Dee crossed those barriers. He was loved by the teachers, students, and coaches alike.
Scout.com says: Hart is a very versatile football player. He is a top athlete, but he is a true football player too. He may not be the biggest player on the field when he is out there, but he makes a lot of big plays.
At running back, he really knows how to burst through the hole quickly. His initial burst is one of his biggest strengths. He also has wide receiver-like hands, and they are good enough he could be used as a slot receiver.
He is a very strong athlete that is really put together. He can run physical, he can break tackles, he makes good cuts, and he can catch passes in traffic as well.
Not only can he do those things on the offensive side of the ball, but he has the ability to play defensive back as well. He could play corner or be a smaller safety on the next level also. He has ball skills, he can tackle, and he is just a gamer.