Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night in the Class 6A State Championship, falling 42-27 to Miami (Fla.) Central. Four-star all-purpose back Demetrius Hart was kept in check by the Central defense, racking up just 39 yards on 20 rushes. He was able to bust off a 60-yard kick return. On the evening, he had 144 all-purpose yards.
"I feel good about it," Hart said. "We played. We led 17-0 at the beginning but at the end we let it go. That is a great team over there. They kept fighting. It is what it is. It is tough but they won."
Back in early October, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior committed to Michigan. Despite rumors of a decommitment, Hart remains committed to the Wolverines.
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"Yeah, still committed," Hart said.
When asked the strength of that commitment, Hart did not elaborate.
"Still committed, that is it," Hart said.
Hart, as well as his teammate, Alabama five-star safety commitment Hasean Clinton-Dix, continue to receive interest from a number of schools and it is being expressed by both players that they have an interest in playing together.
"We have been hearing a lot from Florida, Florida State," Hart said. "It is still 85%, probably 90% (that we play together)."
Michigan isn't going down without a fight to retain the services of Hart. He recently was visited by a member of Rich Rodriguez' staff.
"Coach (Fred) Jackson came down, the running backs coach came down to see me last week," Hart said.
That isn't the only coach that has been in contact with him recently.
"Florida's head coach (Will Muschamp) came down to see me at practice yesterday and he called me last night," Hart said. "I have been talking to a little bit of everybody, Coach (Rick) Trickett (from Florida State)."
Hart shared a few more details on his recent interaction with the Gators' 39-year old coach.
"I had talked to him while I was in New York but that was my first time meeting him face-to-face," Hart said. "He is a nice man. He had been with (Alabama) Coach (Nick) Saban for a while so he obviously knows what he is doing. I think he will come in and make the program what it is. Florida is Division I, has always been a high ranked school, so I think he will keep it there."
Hart, as well as Clinton-Dix, plan to make their way to Gainesville in early January for an official visit.
"We will visit," Hart said. "Probably January. This January coming up because I am done with school so I will probably just be training and stuff."
Previously, Hart has taken an official visit to Michigan, Alabama, and Auburn. He said that his one pending trip will be his final one.
"That is about it, that is my last one," Hart said. "I am done."
With his senior season concluded and his high school courses completed, Hart still intends to enroll at the school of his choice next month.
"I leave January 21st," Hart said.
Hart finished the season with 253 rushing attempts for 2224 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions for 563 yards and seven touchdowns. On special teams, he also amassed 607 yards yards and two touchdowns.