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this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I've gotten emails, tweets, and everything else you can imagine asking about Demetrius Hart and his recent visit to Auburn. The reports from various Auburn sites were that Hart had an amazing time, and Michigan fans were nervous about where Michigan stood now.
I spoke with Demetrius' mother about everything today, including the visit to Auburn, and what's next for Demetrius. When I asked how the visit went she said, "I didn't go on the trip to Auburn, but his (Demetrius') uncle went with him. Demetrius said he liked it, and so did his uncle. His uncle said that overall though it was about a 7 out of 10."
As far as what's next for Demetrius, he had always planned on taking a few more visits, and then making his decision since he'll be graduating early. "He's going to be visiting Alabama and Arkansas next, within the next month. He's just going to Arkansas though to support his teammates. He's not really interested in going there," Ms. Hart said.
She had a long talk with Demetrius about everything recently, and the process is tiring on him. He's taking everything in right now, and Demetrius told her that he's not sure when his decision will come, but it shouldn't be too long now.
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Thanks Tom. Everyone can now breath easier. We should still be OK if we win and Rich's job is safe.
Can't recall anybody ever committing to a place that was just 7 out of 10.
Get him back up here for the MSU game (is that still in the works?), and it's over.
Gave it 7 out of 10.
I give the uncle 10 out of 10...
The gospel is handed down from above once again by MGoBlog's version of Moses:
As always, thanks for the update!
We all hang on your every word...that's why I'm beginning to wonder...is this you?
Thanks Tom. A lot of people on edge about his commitment. At this point in the recruiting process do we even have a plan B? From the sound of it we still may not need it but just curious.
the coaches have their eye on guys just in case, but are probably laying low with any interest outside of Hart. At least that's their strategy if they've heard the "we lost Jerome Bettis to ND because we decided to also recruit Ricky Powers" story as many times as I have.
Some of these recruits get caught up in the moment from one trip to another. Others seem to be more focused and business like when they take them. It amazes me that 17/18/19 y.o. kids can even think of making such a big time decision and still focus on their normal day to day lives. I am willing to venture that he has been treated like a superstar at just about every place he has seen. Hopefully he has not gotten caught up in the hype of the moment and someone is there to keep him grounded to make the best decision for his future. Whether that future is here in A.A. or somewhere else remains to be seen. Best of Luck to this young man with such a big decision.
7 out of 10 tells me that M is probably still his leader.
we're recruiting his uncle? what's his 40 time?
I hear we're going to sign him as a corner, but rumor is he's already thinking about transferring to WVU.
It really sounds like with Hart, Zettel, Walls that the common denominator is that they want to see if Rich Rod is here next year.....It's scary to think that a really good recruiting class will simply depend on wins/losses andif the coach is here next year.
The one positive to really take out of this is that even with all the crap going on off the field the last couples years that Rich Rod really makes a positive impression with these kids and they want to play for him.
Gotta give Rich Rod credit for being able to do this amid the pressure he has to feel day to day in AA.
Which is why I want Brandon to come out and say RR is our coach for next season. He should by now see the progress of the offense and say that this is what RR needed all along.
As for the D, he should know the depleted numbers on that side in terms on scholly numbers when RR was hired, and we are now just getting back to having adequate numbers
I still disagree with that line of thinking. The best thing Brandon can do, imo, is to not put any more of a spotlight on that "issue" than there already is. People are currently not talking about a hot (or even warm) seat w/r/t RR. DB coming out and stating as such will just get people talking about it again - how many games he needs to win, does DB question RR's ability to coach a solid defensive team, etc. Reporters will be asking RR about this instead of the games and this is one distraction he does not need. As Charles Woodson is purported to have said (per Marcus Ray on Big Ten Icons) at the start of the '97 season, "Just Win."
Is RR under contract next year? How long is RR's contract anyway?
Why don't we hold off on wanting declarations like this? We're 3-0. Not that this is likely, but if Rodriguez goes 0-fer in the Big Ten, then I don't think he should be here next year.
So...let's just see how Rodriguez and Co. do for the rest of the year before we declare him our savior.
While I agree with what you are saying. I think people are making the suggestion to give peace of mind to the coaches and recruits.
While its true some recruits may be waiting us out based on our win total, the coaches armed with a couple of new scholarships based on transfers, maybe lying in the weeds to pull a few surprises on signing day.
I feel a lot better about Hart committing to UM. Thanks Tom.
I would kiss you on the mouth if I could. This should calm us all down a bit.
After this update, I'd kiss him on the ass.
no way guy.
Good stuff. It may be difficult waiting for him to commit but I respect a kid who does his research a lot more than one who commits and decommits repeatedly. I think it shows he's got a good head on his shoulders and good support system. He is also doing this without creating the media circus that other high profile recruits like to create. While I hope he comes to Ann Arbor, I definitely admire the way he's handled the process and I wish more of the high profile guys did it like this.
As much as I would love to see this kid come to AA let him be a kid. College is about making decisions(and living with those decisions). We are the only ones in a hurry to decide his life long committment. lol
Hopefully he will stay when he shows up.
Rational, empathetic, and reasoned.
[Starts slow clap]
Please choose Michigan, we already have "I heart hart" shirts.
Best rational thought i've seen on here.
Maybe Shaw will give up the #20 jersey so I break out my Hart Attack shirt again.
I think he's blue IME. He knows if he comes in early there is a great shot that he's going to be the guy next year. It's pick your poison with him and Denard and all of our incredible WR's. I think eventually we will be celebrating the "hello:Dee Hart" post. Keep the faith. Go blue.
Let's hope they were just subscription-fishing this morning. Wouldn't be the first time.
Disengenous? Really...who would have imagined?
People need to be careful how they read Rivals/Scouts articles. A recruiting saying "9 out of 10" and then that he might commit soon is taken from a whole conversation and a whole interivew. Auburn's site is putting them together in that order.
If you watch interviews with Hart (or have talked to him) you could see the way he talks coming through in the quotes and you can see his sincerity in answering the questions. No doubt he enjoyed his Auburn visit a lot, but him saying it would have been a 10 if he commited is classic Hart speaking his mind, not saying what he was going to do.
This woman continues to impress me. I forget when it was, though I think it was the spring game, when there were some long quotes that came out from her. She continues to impress with her attitude, candor and thoughtfulness during this ordeal. I think the admirable way that Dee has handled this recruitment is a testament to both of them. Her parenting skills and his attitude. He sounds like a great fit for this team. Go blue Dee!
Thanks, Tom. Dee and his family seem like good people. Also Denard Robinson > Cam Newton.
sometimes kids settle down a bit after being all hyped up during visits. let's hope dee sees the blue light.
That is all.
He'll have me at Hello(:Dee Hart).
thanks tvh, and if his uncle is saying auburn is 7 out of 10 thats positive. I watched that game, the atmosphere was unreal. Got to think seeing a man walk, when the surgeon told him he would never be able to would be amaize-ing. Curious as to frost's thoughts, but time will tell with the way michigan plays during the season.
Shame on you. Always show proper respect to the The Man by using TomVH! tvh just doesn't cut it around here.
great info as always. just keep winning
But now he's done going to Auburn, right? And he's coming to UM again? Hopefully the other "A" SEC schools give him meh visits and we get a commitment then next time he's in AA.
Hopefully Isiah Crowell picks Bama over UGA. If he does then Hart is ours. Crowell has stated that Bama and UGA lead. With Richt on the hot seat, Bama seems like the safer choice to me. If only this scenario plays out...
Have you heard anything on Ray Drew down there. It seems Walls is a lean and like the others, we just need to win.
Everything I have heard about Drew is that he is a good ole southern boy and I don't mean it in a negative way, except for UM fans. He has a very close relationship with his mother and a lot of people believe he won't leave the south. Avery is working on him but like most southerners, "Momma knows best." Thats unfortunate but anything can happen if he gets on campus.
I thought I remembered reading his mom really wanted him to go to UM?
If you have then it's news to me. Drew will be a Dawg. He grew up a fan and his mother wants him close to home. I wish I wasn't this confident that UGA gets a player of Drew's caliber but you win some and lose some in recruiting. If not, he will go to Auburn or FSU. I actually coached against Drew, 2 years ago when he was a sophmore, and he played well for an underclassmen.