Gridiron Kings 7on7 Wrapup: Dee Hart "Awesome, Impressive"

Submitted by MGoShoe on July 26th, 2010 at 10:44 AM

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.

Here's the wrapup from ESPN's Jamie Newberg:

"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."

And here's the story from Joe Williams of the Orlando Sentinel:

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 ( 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.



July 26th, 2010 at 10:51 AM ^

great update. doesn't seem like we need to get our hopes up at all with fsu commit karlos williams. even if he does visit, it sounds like playing with his brother is the deciding factor.


July 26th, 2010 at 10:58 AM ^

...with your evaluation of Williams, but I think it's intriguing that Clinton-Dix (Bama commit) is said to be planning to join Hart on a Michigan visit (presumably the UConn game weekend). 

They've often talked about playing together, so that may still be a factor that's in play with both of them.  It could lead to a Clinton-Hix Bama decommit/U-M commit or to an unexpected Hart Bama commit (even given Hart's recent 75/25 U-M/Bama comment).

burntorange wi…

July 26th, 2010 at 1:44 PM ^

U make room for both. I'm on record(I commented somewhere like 3-4 months ago) that Avery walls is the one prospect that i want Michigan to land. It was a like "if you could have any recruit commit...who would u pick" I said walls. He was on the Texas radar earlier in the year but we ran out of room for safeties/CBs and we both went our seperate ways. He's an intelligent kid who hits like a linebacker. Correct me if I'm wrong(I'm not going to pretend to be savvy with your defense's positions), walls fits perfectly into the spur(?) position. He could play CB too. Way too talented to let go.


July 26th, 2010 at 11:47 AM ^

/looks for "Hello: Dee Hart" post

/hits F5

/looks for "Hello: Dee Hart" post

/hits F5

/looks for "Hello: Dee Hart" post...


July 26th, 2010 at 12:30 PM ^

He could say things like, "Gee, the facilities at Michigan aren't all that great. And that stadium doesn't seem all that big to me. Plus, the academics aren't all that good. Michigan's helmets may have wings, but I heard you can't really fly with 'em..." 

Those arguments will turn Dee to 'Bama for sure!


August 24th, 2010 at 4:49 PM ^

Or he could always just say "Michigan sucks, and went 8-16 since 08. (3-13 in conference).". I think its hilarious that you all think Michigan is even capable of recruiting truly elite talent. Dix is already a bama commit and O'leary is a heavy bama lean....... and those were the top 2 performers in the 7 on 7. not hart

Fat Mike

July 26th, 2010 at 12:17 PM ^

I usually don't care about rankings, but I find it amazing that dee isn't ranked in the espnu 150 especially when he is killing espn events


July 26th, 2010 at 2:14 PM ^

FYI, HaSean Clinton-Dix has more interest in Umich than most would think.  I know this personally from HaHa himself on Dee Hart's Facebook page.  I jokingly told him to shock the world and Go Blue and he replied, "lol, it's still early, it might just happen."  If RR can lock up Dee Hart early this season, look for the King to work his magic on HaHa! Go Blue!