An unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend made a big impression on Dr. Phillips High teammates Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix and Dee Hart. On the Alabama campus for a night stay, the pair, who now both hold offers from the Tide, took in one-on-one talks with head coach Nick Saban and sat through a team scrimmage.
The Tide’s red carpet had been rolled out, and the pair of top-flight prospects left the weekend confident about their chances of playing college ball together, something both had hoped for before their processes began.
Hart recently told Scout.com that his final three schools were Alabama, Auburn and Michigan. He plans on visiting Ann Arbor, Mich. on April 15, Auburn, Ala. at the end of May and Tuscaloosa once more on June 5.
The picture for Clinton-Dix, at least thus far, has been even clearer. With multiple visits to Alabama already made, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety has made no secret of his early attraction to the Tide.
Yet, while he has named them leaders on numerous occasions, Clinton-Dix hasn’t called off the other staffs.
“I would say there are really about five schools that I like and want to find out some more about before a decision is ever made,” said Clinton-Dix, whose offer total has reached the 20s. “I have been keeping a few places on my mind. I never had a favorite college team before all this, so I am trying to do my best to take it in and find my spot.”
LSU, another school out of the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division, will now try to see where their chips stack up to the field. Adding to Clinton-Dix’s growing total, the Tiger staff extended an offer.
“LSU is a team that I wanted to get more involved, and this was a big step,” he said. “It truly shocked me. I didn’t expect the offer to come.”
Without having made a trip to the Tiger campus – or even Baton Rouge, for that matter – Clinton-Dix said that the next step would be to set up a visit. Ironically, the Tigers have already made their trip to his home.
“The LSU team came and practiced at Dr. Phillips when they were preparing for their bowl game here in Orlando,” he said. “There had been a couple of times I had tried to sneak out on the field and watch, but everything was pretty locked down. It was cool to see a college team in your environment though, and it is even cooler now that they offered me.”