Mike Hart Update

I spoke with Onondaga High's Football Coach, Bill Spicer, about his star pupil, RB <b>Mike Hart</b>. This kid has put up sensational numbers over the past few years, and he grew up a Michigan fan! Click for more.

Syracuse New York's Mike Hart is already a legend in his state and he just turned 17 last month! Many observers have been left jaw-dropped by his on-field exploits. His moves have drawn comparisons to those put forth in dazzling fashion by former Detroit Lion Barry Sanders. Here are a few links to video clips of Mike in action.

Mike Hart scores his 56th touchdown of the season
Mike Hart snags his 3rd INT of the game to preserve the OCS win
Mike Hart breaks off THE RUN to propel the OCS Tigers to victory

Mike told the Notre Dame Site, Irish Eyes, that Michigan was his childhood favorite. Coach Spicer gave me the latest on where his Michigan stands in his young phenom's recruitment.

I've seen Mike listed at heights varying from 5'8" to 5'11." Can you give me an accurate height, weight, and 40 time for him?

"Mike is 5'8.5", 185lbs, and he runs a 4.54 40."

Describe him as a back.

"He's the most talented/athletic individual that I've had the opportunity to work with or see. He is very explosive, has great vision, and can stop and move laterally… or back and forth…and then accelerate instantly. He has a great great ability to make people miss. A lot of people have said he's a lot like Barry Sanders. Michigan said that he's a little bit like Barry Sanders, but also with the power of Biakabatuka. Mike runs between the tackles very very well."

What type of season did he have last year?

"This was his third year on varsity and he had 223 rushing attempts for 2846 yards. He also had 60TDs and 368 total points."

"For his career he has 656 rushing attempts for 7536 yards. He also has 137 career TDs and 842 career total points."

"He owns 3 single season New York State Football records. The first one is for total rushing yards in a single season, with 3341 yards in 2001. His next record is for total touchdowns in a single season, with 60 in 2002. He also holds the record for total points in a single season, with 368. He has tied Sam Maldonando from Ohio State for most games of 200 or more yards rushing in a single season I think he had 12. The last record he has right now is the New York State TD record, with 137. I think he's 27 yards from the New York State career rushing record. He'll break that one this year."

How far did you guys go as a team last year?

"We've been back to back state champions. We won the state championship in 2001 and 2002. We went up a class last year. In 2001 we won it in 1A football and in 2002 we won it in 2A. No team in New York State had ever done that before."

Can you list the schools that he's hearing from at this point?

"Yes. He has offers from Syracuse, Connecticut, Michigan State, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Miami, Northwestern, Stanford, Virginia, and West Virginia."

What coaches from Michigan have been in contact with him?

"Coach Boccher is the coach for our area in Syracuse. I also took a trip out to Michigan over our Easter break, so I got Mike on campus. Fred Jackson was very excited with Mike. He's the one that associated him Barry Sanders and Biakabatuka. We also got the opportunity to sit down with Coach Carr."

How did that go?

"Basically, we went in and he said, ‘We're gonna offer you a full scholarship to the University of Michigan.' We have until February 4 to get the official offer."

"On that trip we started out at Michigan and went down to Notre Dame. Then we came back up to Michigan State and headed home afterwards."

What school would you say is recruiting Mike the hardest at this point?

"I would have to say Syracuse University."

Has he been on any other official visits besides the one you took him on over Easter break?

"Yes. Syracuse University."

Does he have any summer camping plans?

"No, he's not going to go to any summer camps."

What do you think will be the most important factors in his decision?

"1. Education."
"2. Location. He doesn't want to be too far away. Six or seven hours is ok, but he doesn't want to be half way across the country."
"3. The competitive level of the school."
"4. Record of putting athletes into the NFL."

We hope to have more from Mike himself soon

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