As noted in this post from yesterday, Dee Hart's Southeast team tore up the Champion Gridiron Kings 7on7 tournament at the ESPN RISE Games at Walt Disney World on Sunday, July 25. Along with Dr. Phillips HS teammate Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, he was named to the 2010 EAS All Performance team.
"Man, this is one of the best feelings I have ever had coming off a football field," [Southeast QB and Clemson commit Tony] McNeal said. "I obviously had a great group of guys to work with. I know I was a little shaky at first but I settled down. I just had to get used to the speed of the game. It also helped that I had some great guys to throw to and when I got in trouble I just had to find the tight end [Nick O'Leary (West Palm Beach, Fla.)] and the running back [Demetrius Hart (Orlando, Fla.)]. Those guys were awesome."
Awesome would be the appropriate word to describe the play of both Hart and especially O'Leary. Simply put [O'Leary] was unstoppable, running wild in the secondary and catching just about everything coming in his direction. When the Southeast needed a first down, a touchdown or a conversion, he made the play. In the end, O'Leary was voted the Gridiron King offensive MVP in a cakewalk. He was that dominant.
Hart, a small and compact running back who is ultraquick and explosive, was impressive in each game for the Southeast. He made a ton of big plays and some great catches.
"It was a couple of great days," Hart said. "I think the key was that we, as a team, bonded early. I was just happy I got to contribute the way I did."
If the ESPN RISE Champion Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament showed anything Sunday, it is that the Southeast may have some of the best high school football in the country and that Dr. Phillips' do-everything back Dee Hart and linebacker Ha'sean Clinton-Dix both can be explosive players..[and] both had spotlight moments in the title game.
Dix intercepted two passes, returning one 103 yards for a touchdown, and the other 67 yards. Hart, who earlier in pool play had nine receptions in one game for 99 yards and six receptions for 91 yards in another, had a 15-yard touchdown reception in the championship game.
Here's Luke Stampini's (soflafootball.com) evaluation of Hart:
Running back Dee Hart (Dr. Phillips) excels catching the ball out of the backfield and has some shake to him with the ball in his hands. I can see him being very versatile running back lining up both in the backfield and in the slot at the next level.
And yes, the Bama blogs are watching this as well.
FSU commit Karlos Williams -- who recently talked to Sam Webb about his recruiting and the possibility of a joint visit to Michigan with Dee Hart and HaHa Clinton-Dix (H/T DGDestroys) -- was named the defensive MVP of the tournament.
The Southeast defense had 12 interceptions, including three by the Gridiron King defensive MVP Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Davenport). Williams had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Southwest in the final.