Hart Very High On Tigers Following Visit

Talented running back prospect Dee Hart talks about his official visit to Auburn and a possible decision in the near future.

Orlando, Fla.--Standout running back Dee Hart has talked for several months about the recruiting process with Auburn and Michigan consistently among his top two schools. After visiting Ann Arbor recently to see the Wolverines, Hart was in Auburn over the weekend to see the Tigers take on Clemson. Rating his visit a "9" out of 10, Hart said the only reason it wasn't perfect is that he didn't make a commitment.

"I was tempted (to commit)," Hart said. "I just have to talk things over with my uncle and we'll go from there.

"It went good," Hart added. "It was great just being able to see the game. It was an exciting game that came down to an overtime win. The coaches and everybody was great. Just being around the players and spending time with them. It was a great official visit."

Comparing Auburn and Michigan, Hart said that being on the Plains was an experience for him that he really enjoyed and that was especially true after witnessing Auburn's postgame celebration.

One of the things that showed him that togetherness was in Auburn's locker room following the game. The Tigers have taken on the theme "Lean On Me" this year and have started singing the song after games in the locker room. Hart said it really showed him what Auburn is all about.

"That was crazy," Hart said. "It was like something you've never seen before really, how they got together and sang ‘Lean On Me'. It sounds simple but it's just a sign of everybody being together as one unit. It was good."

Having already been to Auburn several times during the recruiting process, Hart said seeing the campus and city on a game day and being inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night was something that took him by surprise.

"It was very different," Hart said. "That was SEC football right there. I haven't really ever seen a game like that, how the fans were so crazy. It was 86,000 but it sounded like an army out there. It was crazy. It was a great game."

Taking in his surroundings in the stadium, Tiger Walk and the entire campus, Hart said he paid particular attention to the game itself. That's particularly true on offense where Auburn played without senior Mario Fannin. That left the running game up to just sophomore Onterio McCalebb and freshman Michael Dyer.

"It plays (into his decision) a lot," Hart said. "They're only going to have really two backs after this year. That would be perfect next year going in for me. I'm just really looking forward to reviewing it all and going over it.

"I know I would fit very well in their offense," he added. "It's just about getting everybody in space. I think it would be real good."

With visits to his top two schools in the books, Hart said he doesn't plan on taking any additional visits and may have a decision on his future very soon.

"Those are my top two so I'll just review those," Hart said. "If there is a need then I'll take another visit. Right now I'm done.

"It's very possible," he added about a commitment this week. "It could be anytime now after we talk about it."


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