Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips running back Dee Hart had seen Michigan's campus a handful of times prior to his official visit last weekend. He'd even seen a game. Neither of those experiences, however, lessened the excitement he gained from being a VIP at the Wolverines opener against UCONN in front of the largest crowd ever to witness a contest live.
"It went good," said Hart of his visit. "It was a whole a bunch of people (at the game). When they were doing the wave it was crazy. I kind of figured Michigan was going to win it just because they've been the underdog all summer. They've got a reason to come in and try to bust somebody's head. The only (bad) thing is it was cold."
The fans in the stands did their part to warm Scout.com's #9 tailback up as he entered the stadium. They treated him to their own informal version of red carpet treatment.
Recalled Hart, "It was whole bunch of everything -- they were chanting my name, taking pictures of me… all kinds of stuff. It was crazy!
The Sunshine State star was accompanied on the trip by his uncle, who was seeing Michigan for the first time. Good friend and official visitor HaSean Clinton-Dix was also getting his initial glimpse of the Maize & Blue. Both came away with positive views of the Maize & Blue.
"(My uncle) loved it," Hart reported. "He said the people were a little too wild for him (laughing), but he liked it."
"(Clinton-Dix) said it was one of the best (visits) ever, but it was just too cold for him (laughing). But he is still going to consider Michigan. I know he is going to consider them because of how close we are -- just like I consider Alabama."
The only source of disappointment for Hart besides the windy conditions was his inability to get out to hang with the players.
"I was supposed to go out with them, but we had to up for our flight at like 6:40," he explained. "We didn't really get a lot of sleep."
Many expected Hart to publicize a verbal commitment to Michigan prior to boarding that plane, but such an announcement never took place. The absence of a public pledge begs the question, has anything changed regarding Wolverines standing in his recruitment?
"It's still the same," Hart said regarding Michigan's place on his list.
"I'm just going to take my official visit Auburn next week. After I go to Auburn I'm going to go to the Alabama/Florida game. It might be an official. I don't know yet. After that I'm pretty much going to make my decision."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Hart in the coming weeks.