Syracuse (N.Y.) Onondaga Central running back Mike Hart has been rumored to be a Michigan commitment through the weekend. Is it true?
"Not yet, but it will happen over the next few days so it's a done deal," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder. "I was just out at Michigan this weekend and I loved everything about it. I told coach Carr that Michigan was where I wanted to be, but I wanted to come back home and let it all sink in first. I will commit to them in a few days."
Hart, who has 134 career touchdowns already and needs just 40 more to break NC State star T.A. McClendon's national record, rushed for 2,667 yards 60 touchdowns while averaging 13.6 yards per carry as a junior. He has family in Michigan which was a big factor.
"My dad's family is in Detroit and Michigan isn't too far away," he said. "I've always loved Michigan and being there with the coaches just made things clearer. Coach Boccer is recruiting me and he's a great guy."
Hart had narrowed things down to Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State and Miami. He had offers from all of his favorites and more than 20 others.
"Mike is a special running back," said Onondaga Central head coach Bill Spicer. "He has great vision to see where defenders are coming from, he can change directions without losing any speed and he's a great cut-back runner. The comparisons I've heard the most are a cross between Barry Sanders and Tim Biakabatuka."
Hart was going to wait until he took all five official visits, but felt there is no need.
"Michigan is where I'm going," he said. "It has everything for me."