Auburn In Top Two For Talented Runner

Speedy Demetrius Hart talks about taking a visit to Auburn and why the Tigers are in his top two.

Orlando, Fla.--After taking a visit to Gainesville on Friday to check out the Florida Gators, speedy running back prospect Demetrius Hart was in Auburn on Saturday to see coach Gene Chizik's Tiger program. Spending a large portion of the day on the Plains, Hart said he likes what he sees out of the Tigers.

"The visit was great," Hart said. "I got a chance to talk to all the coaches, coach (Jay) Boulware, coach (Gene) Chizik, the offensive coordinator. The visit was great. They showed me around campus. We went to the stadium. I loved everything. They showed me what family is all about. I really liked it."

Family is something that Auburn is known for and it's something that the coaching staff has preached since they arrived on the Plains. Hart said it's a feeling he got when he arrived on campus and it only got stronger as his visit continued.

"It was my first time being in Alabama period," Hart said. "What I saw I had never seen before. The family thing, a lot of schools say it but just to have kids running around speaks for itself. Little kids run up to you and say ‘hi, how are you?' and then they go to their dads and say ‘I love you'. That means a lot. A lot of kids don't have the opportunity to tell their dads that they love them. That speaks a lot for itself."

With good feelings about the Tigers following his visit, Hart said Auburn has risen to the top of his list along with another school in the SEC.

"They stand in the top two," Hart said. "Me and my friend Ha'Sean (HaSean Clinton-Dix) picked our top two coming into the year and we plan on making our decision soon. Florida is my other one. His top two are Florida and Alabama. I'm going to try to preach a little to him, but everybody goes their own separate ways."

A visitor to Florida on Friday, Hart had a chance to see his favorites on back-to-back days. Because of that he notes he'll have a good idea of both once he gets a chance to sit down and compare them.

"That's great because I see one and then the next day I'll see the other one," Hart said. "It gives me a good feeling of where I want to be and the offense and the coaches. It was a good deal."

One of the things that should help Auburn is the variety of ways that coach Gus Malzahn uses players in his offense. That was something Hart said they talked about on Saturday and another reason the Tigers are high on his list.

"Just given that their offense has a running back system that consists of two or more," Hart said. "They had Ben Tate and the slot fullback and someone else in the slot. There are a lot of ways to be used in Auburn's offense."

As a sophomore Hart rushed for over 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns to earn All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He was also named Honorable Mention All-State for 6A classification. He backed that up as a junior as he was named Second-Team All-State Athlete for 6A classification and All-Central Florida First-Team running back by the Orlando Sentinel after totaling over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 23 scores.

Planning to graduate high school early, Hart said he hopes to have his decision made before his team finishes spring practice in May.

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