Demetrius Hart video
Dude reminds me of a somewhat lesser (but not by much) Noel Devine. Can't get that image out of my head.
Same size and shiftiness as Devine, obviously not nearly as fast but very similar in build/style.
Same thoughts as last time I saw his highlights.
Very fast acceleration not the fastest top speed but man he can cut quick he stops on a dime multiple times in all these runs
question is where does Rich put him. Seems a lot like a Terrence Robinson (who i thought was gonna see the field early). Do we put him out at Slot ninja or does his ability keep him at running back. Maybe he is a lot like a Vincent Smith, small, quick, not really fast but has acceleration.
I think he has the instincts and toughness to be a RB, he might play a little slot his first year though, just to get him on the field. He is electric with the ball in his hands.
isn't that what drew is recruited for a return specialist?
We aren't even worried about a returner, we just want Michigan to have a guy who can catch the punts.
so why do we even bother catching it, just let it hit the ground and take our chances with the bounce. /sarcasm
I don't know about top-end speed at the college level (just my opinion from the videos) but he is definitely quick and very shifty. For his size I was surprised to see how tough he was to bring down. There's a couple runs where he delivers the blow and looks to enjoy it. Seems like he's got a low center of gravity and runs with his head in front of his toes as well.
(Geez, this just hit me... who am I, some kinda rivals scout? I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I'm breaking this guy down like he's the 10,000th kid I've evaluated - please don't listen to my scouting report)
I digress.... Isn't this where Ricardo was playing before he transferred to AA? I know how excited some of us were with him coming up for his senior year, but I almost wish he would've stayed down there. Not sure which is better for him or M in the end, but I guess we'll never know.
Is he going by Dee Hart now? Anyways, he is ridiculous. His video on athletevault.com was like 10 minutes long, and it seemed like almost half the plays were TDs. This was after his sophomore season. I can't imagine what his highlight video will be like after his senior season....
Reminds me of watching Jeremy Gallon highlights from last recruiting season. Their running styles are so similar. Both are quick and elusive but lack top end.
agree with all of the posters about his shiftiness and quickness, but im really impressed by how balanced he runs, even when hes tripped up or hit to one side, he easily recollects his balance and just keeps on moving! sure would be exciting to watch him in some winged helmets!! looks like hed be a pretty good punt returner too
Butter, strictly butter to describe him.
I think one vastly underrated attribute in these little guys is strength and balance. It seems like everyone wants to just look at their speed and acceleration as though that is the only thing that matters.
Hart doesn't look amazingly fast, but he seems much stronger than your average slot ninja, and with amazing balance.
Tay Odoms with break away speed. He'd be great for this system.
I'm more excited about Demetrius Hart than I am about pretty much any player in the 2010 class, save Devin Gardner. Hopefully Hart becomes commit #2 for 2011.
I think you'll like D. Hart's statement in the Orlando Sentinel...
but I'm most impressed by how quickly he turns the ball upfield. I never see him running backward to avoid defenders -- all his angles have his weight going upfield.
a lot of Knowshon Moreno. He may not have the measurables of an elite back but he plays like one. He has the quickness, burst and vision to be a special back.
Hart is definitely the Ricardo Miller/Marvin Robinson as far as recruits go next year. Young man with long-term interest in the program, already beloved by fans, and despite whatever his rankings end up being all of us will be exceptionally happy to have him.
Can't wait until he (hopefully) commits.
His vision and ability to move laterally then find a seam and cut up inside the hole make him an ideal running back for this zone-stretch system. Add to that killer acceleration, the shiftiness to make the first man miss, and good top-end speed and I'd say you have an awesome back.
I say, you don't even really NEED to get this kid into space. His vision and quickness to find and get through the hole are so valuable, I say keep him at RB.