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July 7, 2010
Hart claims two favorites
Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips four-star running back Dee Hart has had a somewhat low key summer according to him, saying he hasn't been a lot of places so far.
That will change starting Wednesday, as Hart will travel to Eugene, Oregon for a national 7-on-7 tournament being put on by Nike.
Hart and his teammates will make the cross country trip to showcase their skills against some of the top talent in the country, including schools from Texas, California, New Jersey and more.
Before Hart leaves town though, he confirms that two schools are currently standing out above the rest at this time.
Auburn, Michigan, and Alabama have been Hart's top three for months, but now two are standing out the most to Hart.
Those two are Auburn and Michigan.
"Yea," Hart confirmed when asked if Auburn and Michigan were his top two. "For Michigan, it's the style of offense and they are on the rebuilding side. For Auburn, it's the type of offense and they don't have many running backs returning."
Hart maintains Alabama is still in the mix, and he still talks to their coaches, as well as Auburn and Michigan on a regular basis.
Auburn tight ends coach Jay Boulware is helping recruit Hart to Auburn, as well as offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn among other Tigers assistants.
"I talk to coach Boulware, but I really talk to everybody," Hart said. "Malzahn, Boulware, everyone. They are cool people, family oriented guys. They feel like I could play running back and get in the return game right now."
Hart maintains that his top two are equal right now.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound prospect plans to make his decision known at whichever All-American game he decides to attend. Hart has a couple of choices in that regard, having been invited to the Under Armour All-American game, as well as the Army All-American game.
Hart said he plans to visit Michigan on July 15th, and says he wants to make another trip to the Plains later in July as well.
"I'm going to Auburn July 30th or the 31st, I'm not sure," Hart said.
The Orlando native said he plans on taking all five official visits, and says Auburn, Michigan, and Alabama will likely be his first three stops.
Rivals.com rates Hart as the no. 2 all-purpose back in the country, the no. 7 prospect in the state of Florida, and the no. 34 prospect in the nation overall.