Dr. Phillips running back Demetrius 'Dee' Hart didn't exactly stick the Crimson flag in his hat after a visit to the University of Alabama on Thursday, but the highly sought Hart saw plenty of things that impressed him in Tuscaloosa.
He took in the campus and a spring practice scrimmage with teammate and best friend Ha'sean "HaHa" Clinton-Dix, who has already said Alabama is on top for him and recently said, "Bama, they're not going anywhere."
We caught up with Hart via text message late Friday night.
"Oh it was a great day. We watched a scrimmage and had a meeting with Coach (Nick) Saban," texted Hart, who left for his Alabama visit with Auburn leading the way among teams pining for his services. "Everyone there was great and I had a blast with HaHa. I may be converted. ...
"Overall it was one of the best colleges, if not the best, I've been to. It's a nice area and campus ... great people and coaches."
Asked who his No. 1 choice is right now and he replied, "Don't have one."
So all of you Auburn and Alabama fans are going to have to watch this saga continue, and Florida fans might start thinking they still have a shot at the coveted running back.
But before everyone starts getting their hopes up, there is still at least one more thing to consider.
"April 12, Michigan," Hart replied to what his next plans are. So he'll add another chapter with a trip to Ann Arbor, where he already has a good friend and former Dr. Phillips teammate Ricardo Miller on the Wolverines' roster.
Miller had committed to Michigan in early 2009 and moved there before the school year in order to attend high school closer to where he'll be going to college. He transferred to Ann Arbor Pioneer High where he played his senior season.
He was unable to coax friend and former teammate Kenny Shaw to join him this year, as Shaw stayed close to home and signed with Florida State. But don't think Hart won't hear the pitch, and Clinton-Dix will hear it as well. The future of Wolverines' coach Rich Rodriguez is a big concern for Michigan prospects. Not many recruits want to commit to a college with a coach in limbo.
Hart actually was very very close to committing to the Wolverines at the end of this past season, but then decided to hold off while he started to take unofficial campus visits. Each school he has seen has had an impact on his considerations. He's been to Florida, Florida State, USF and of course Auburn and Alabama.
So the saga continues with Hart and HaHa's Excellent Adventure. They're having too much fun right now to make any commitments.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times