Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on January 15th, 2017 at 11:44 PM

I realize this is a morose topic a few weeks out from signing day; however, as I prepare for This Month in MGoBlog History for January 2007, I came across the news of Indiana Safey Jerimy Finch decommiting. He was a 4 star and 37th nationally to Rivals and was set to join a young, untested Michigan secondary. On January 15 he decommitted and promptly committed to Indiana, though he would sign with Florida. Brian declared this the "worst decommitment ever". In hindsight, this wasn't that big a deal. Finch was later named the biggest recruiting bust for IU in the last ten years. 

This has made me wonder if Brian's statement is still true. Finch was a highly rated player at a position of need. Given what was to come in the next few years, it probably didn't matter much one way or another. Three others come to mind since then that are probably bigger: Dee Hart, Damien Harris, and George Campbell. Hart and Campbell for what they would have meant to to the coach who recruited them. Hart was supposed to finally be the super athlete to thrive in Rodriguez's backfield. Didn't Campbell refer to himself as the "mayor" and was going to put together a magnificent recruiting class. Harris might be the biggest talent of any of these for Michigan to lose. Interestly but probably not coincidentally, all four of these guys decommitted from a coach who was out the door. 

Are there any I am forgetting? Any who could have had a bigger impact on the program or had a lot of success at another program? 

EDIT: I should have checked out Touch the Banner right away, but here's a great list of decommits and transfers

OT: Dee Hart arrested for possession

OT: Dee Hart arrested for possession

Submitted by dnak438 on February 17th, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Link: http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219734/1009?Title=Alabama-running-back-Dee-Hart-arrested-on-multiple-charges

University of Alabama running back Dee Hart, 21, was arrested Sunday by the Tuscaloosa County Sherrif's Office and charged with giving false information and possession of marijuana.

Hart was booked into the jail at 9:20 p.m. on Sunday and released on a $1,300 bond at 10:33 p.m. Both charges are misdemeanors.

A sophomore in 2013, Hart compiled 78 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. For his career he has 166 yards on 43 carries.

I wonder if this is exactly what Saban wants. He needs to cut down the roster, after all.

UPDATE: Apparently Dee Hart hasn't been on the team since the January bowl loss to Oklahoma. (LINK)

2nd UPDATE: And Dee was using counterfeit money, too?!? (LINK)

OT: Dee Hart out for the year. Again.

OT: Dee Hart out for the year. Again.

Submitted by ChuckWood on October 1st, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Dee Hart had torn his ACL again and will be out for the rest of the year.  Very unfotunate for the kid.  Especially since he was sidelined last year as well.  Hope he has full recovery.


Edit: Only posted due to Dee being a former commit.  Plus our fan bases obsession over him the last few years.

2011 Early Enrollers: Dee Hart & Greg Brown

2011 Early Enrollers: Dee Hart & Greg Brown

Submitted by MGoShoe on November 24th, 2010 at 8:31 AM

In a special to the Freep (print link) Josh Helmholdt of the Wolverine.com expands on his earlier report that Greg Brown is no longer a soft commit ($) and lists Brown and super-recruit Dee Hart as January early enrollers at Michigan.

Fremont (Ohio) Ross cornerback Greg Brown, who became U-M’s first commitment in the 2011 class back in Sept. 2009, is on track to graduate high school and enroll early. He will take his official visit to U-M next weekend, and start classes in Ann Arbor a month later. "I'm just focusing on finishing my high school education next month and in those following couple weeks, I will be enrolling at Michigan to play ball for the Wolverines. I just can't wait to get in the Big House in front of those 110,000 fans and play some football."

Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips four-star recruit Demetrius Hart is likely to play for U-M next year because of his exceptional talent and play-making ability as a running back. The 5-8, 190-pound Hart is the other commitment scheduled to enroll, and having him in spring ball should hasten his first appearance in the Big House.

We knew this about Frost (thanks, Tom), but Helmholdt goes on to list Michigan recruiting targets Avery Walls and Kris Frost as likely early enrollers.

Several of Michigan’s remaining targets in the 2011 class are also planning early graduations, including four-star Georgia safety Avery Walls and Charlotte, N.C., prospect Kris Frost, who took his official visit to U-M last weekend.

Brown's visit to Syracuse appears to have solidified his commitment to Michigan and the early enroller status for Brown and Hart will give them clear head starts on their development.  With Hart likely to compete for the starting RB assignment and Michigan's desparate need for secondary depth, this certainly qualifies as positive news.

Dee Hart Speaks and His Words are Reported

Dee Hart Speaks and His Words are Reported

Submitted by MGoShoe on October 12th, 2010 at 3:21 PM

ESPN.com's Corey Long has written an article with extensive quotes from Dee Hart.  Included are his impressions of Michigan, the effect or non-effect of RichRod's status, his view of DRob, and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix's status.  As previously reported, Hart will visit Ann Arbor for the Wisconsin game.

"Honestly it was a little close at first between Michigan and Alabama, but after a while I knew where I wanted to go."

"The Michigan fans are such friendly people, they make you feel comfortable and calm. They want you to enjoy the Michigan experience and take it all in. And the coaches are the same way. They wanted us to be around the team and experience everything first hand."

"I liked Michigan either way and if [Coach Rodriguez] were to leave it wouldn't affect me because I think I can play in any offensive system. So it really wasn't my concern. That being said I wanted to make sure everything came together. He's winning ball games right now and the future looks good so it's coming together."

There's much more there, so have at it.

Interesting Kris Frost Quote/Changed Visit Date

Interesting Kris Frost Quote/Changed Visit Date

Submitted by Swenet1111 on October 6th, 2010 at 11:00 AM

We all know that you cant read into what a recruit says too much and yet, we all do it anyway. As such, I was reading about Kris Frost who just changed his visit date from the Michigan State game to the Wisconsin game and thought this quote was interesting:

I've definitely been tuning in every game and watching closely offensively and defensively," he said. "I am really impressed with what I have seen so far. They've had a few close ones, but with how we were last year, this year is looking real good. I'm confident about the rest of the season.

The fact that he used "we" in referring to Michigan Football is pretty cool. Also, by visiting for the Wisconsin game he will be with all of the Dr. Phillips kids including some dude named Dee Hart who is hopefully a Michigan commitment by then. Frost and Dee were also at Auburn together earlier in the year and Hart has eliminated Auburn from his list. Lets hope that we can continue our momentum through October and beyond and that it begins to have tangible results on the recruiting front. All good things. 

Rivals mailbag: Watkins, Dee, MSU's class discussed

Rivals mailbag: Watkins, Dee, MSU's class discussed

Submitted by jaggs on October 1st, 2010 at 11:08 PM


To summarize:

Though pictured at the Big House wearing M, Watkins apparently down to Clemson and Miami.

M has edge over Auburn with Hart. (seemingly old info)

MSU's classes, while solid, maintain middle of the pack status quo for them.