When Dee Hart traveled to Ann Arbor for the spring game last month, it marked the culmination of a recovery effort that saw Michigan overcome incessant negative recruiting from its competitors. Constant chatter about possible sanctions and Rich Rodriguez's job status had weakened Michigan's standing with the talented runner, but the personal time Hart & his aunt spent with the Maize & Blue moved the Wolverines back into the pole position.
In the aftermath of the Spring game trip the Hart's immediately planned another trip back to the Great Lake State for Michigan's annual "Barbecue at the Big House. The purpose: to also give his uncle a chance to see what the Wolverines have to offer and very likely move Hart closer to a decision. However, when the BBQ event rolled around last weekend Hart wasn't present. He was instead in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide. The subsequent buzz about Michigan's positioning weakening was palpable, but it was buzz that was misplaced according to Hart.
"It's just some other stuff had came up, so we had a change in plans," Hart responded when asked why he wasn't in Ann Arbor last weekend. "Alabama… that was just a little Nike Camp thing that we were doing. It was for our school really. That wasn't really like a visit. We were just going there for a Nike Camp. Everything is basically still the same. I would have made a decision on the 22nd (at the barbecue) but something had come up so I didn't get to go up to Michigan. The sooner I can get up there and look at it again ... we'll see. That's it for now."
As for the date for which he'll reschedule… "I don't know for sure when I'll make it up, but we'll see," said Hart. "Most likely (the official visit) will be for Iowa game. We'll see."
There's also a chance that the Sunshine State star will make it to Ann Arbor unofficially for the first game of the season versus Connecticut. That's probably why the panic by many Michigan fans about last weekend wasn't likely shared by the Wolverine coaches.
"Oh nah," replied Hart when asked if the Michigan coaches were concerned about his time at Alabama. "I talk to them often. They know it was just a business trip. I'm always talking to Ricardo too."
With the recruiting process clearly wearing on Hart a bit at this point, he has now resigned himself to putting it on the backburner for the time being. His public stance for the moment is he is down to the same three schools until further notice. Regarding possible summer visit plans to Auburn and Alabama...
"I might visit them," he said. "I don't really know."