Hart Runs Away With MVP

Alabama fans rejoice! Not only did Orlando Dr. Phillips running back Dee Hart pledge to the Crimson Tide today, but he also became the first back ever to rush for over 100 yards on his way to MVP honors at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The East team needed a spark on offense, and when head coach Lance Pogue was ready to unleash a reverse on the opposition, all he needed was a volunteer.

"I was like, I'll beat em," Dee Hart said.

"All day we were trying to set it up. We were running (James) Wilder up the A-Gap, so coach was like, do you think we we can beat them around the edge and everybody was looking around, and I was like, 'I'll beat em.' Coach was like, 'yeah Dee go in,' so I went in and I got it."

Hart did not score on the play, but his 70 yard scamper on the play energized his squad and was one of the catalysts to their come from behind win.

He was the workhorse on several other drives on his way to 101 yards, the most ever by a back in this game, and becoming the first to break the 100 yard barrier, no small task considering those who have played before him.

"It means a lot," he admitted. "just working hard, let the other guys up front work for you and trust them. It's an honor to know that Adrian Peterson came before me and he didn't do it."

It also comes on a day in which he made his college choice, committing to Alabama after previously being committed to Michigan.

"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. 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."

Coach Pogue says the Crimson Tide are obviously getting an explosive back, but it's the character that they are inheriting they should be excited about.

"Last night at the banquet, just a summary of him and his character and his words about being humble and appreciative of all the people that have helped him and you just can't say enough about him. I know this, when I go back, you wish to have guys like him on your team or children of your own like him, so full of character and so humble and he's a guy I'm going to follow for the rest of my life, because he's got a bright future and I'm very proud of him."

Hart is enrolling early with Bama, so Tuscaloosa is the next stop, and while his high school career will be behind him, he will remember today fondly, even if he didn't score on the reverse.

"It was one guy in front of me, Brassell thought he was going to block the guy, but he was running with me, he was trying to celebrate," Hart said laughing, "so I slowed down and dude tackled me."

Future opponents should be so lucky.

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