Here we go again with Dee Hart.
The Dr. Phillips running back said Thursday evening that he is currently not committed to any school.
He's been committed to Michigan and Alabama for about four days and now, no one.
Despite video to the contrary by Rivals.com's Mike Farrell on Sunday, Hart even said that he never committed to Alabama.
“Nah, I ain’t committed nowhere,” Hart said at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where he was introduced as one of six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year -- The Ken 'Sugarland Express' Hall Trophy. The other finalists are DE Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga.); WR George Farmer (Gardena, Calif.); DB Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va.); QB Cody Kessler (Bakersfield, Calif.); and WR Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse, Texas).
"I'm not committed, not committed whatsoever," Hart said.
He said of the word that spread about him going to Alabama came from, "I guess a little birdie."
When asked about the video, Hart said, "Oh yeah, I didn't tell them I was going there. I just told them that I liked them. I do like 'Bama. 'Bama's my second choice, but now their one because I'm not going to Michigan now."
There's an answer. Hart is not going to Michigan.
Hart spoke a bit lightheartedly about his recruiting process on Thursday. It gets hectic for these teenagers trying to make a life-changing decision. Hart really does not know which way to turn at this point. The best way for him to deal with all of the attention is to have some fun with it.
Some of the things he says reads the wrong way to those who do not know him. He's not some flambouyant, attention-seeker looking for the next big headline. The media takes care of that, anyway.
He's just enjoying the ride he's taking toward his announcement, which may or may not take place during Saturday's Army All-american Bowl.
"Saturday? I don't know," Hart said.
When told he was expected to announce on Saturday, Hart said, "I am? Maybe. I need to let them know."
Even when chided a bit for his indifferent answers by Laura McKeeman, reporter for Scout affiliate FightinGators.com, Hart's answers started to border on the side of absurd.
"Florida, 'Bama, Miami … and don't be laughing, but Hawaii," Hart said.
And when it was suggested that interest in Hawaii would be just for the free trip, Hart said, "Nah, it ain't like that. I like that school."
Seriously though, Hart, the No. 1-ranked all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com, doesn't seem to have made up his mind, just yet. Even best friend and Dr. Phillips teammate Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, an Alabama commitment since last April, thought Hart was headed to Alabama with him.
Clinton-Dix arrived in San Antonio on Thursday night to be here for his best friend, so the two will have a lot to discuss. And between now and Saturday's 1 p.m., Army All-American Bowl kickoff at the Alamodome, Hart, the No. 2 player in the Sentinel's 2011 Super60, will need to decide something. He needs to decide if he's going to announce Saturday or hold off.
"I'm not sure," he said. "I gotta talk to him," and Hart pointed at his uncle, Roosevelt Hart, the man he calls Dad. Roosevelt just arrived in town Thursday for the all-star events. Hart lives with Roosevelt and his aunt LaQuinta Hart, the sister of Dee's mother. LaQuinta is who Dee calls mom.
"This is my first time seeing him (Roosevelt) since I been up here, so I gotta talk to him," Dee said.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun