Syracuse (N.Y.) Onondaga Central running back Mike Hart made it official today with a verbal commitment to Michigan at a 5:30PM EST press conference.
"It's always been a lifelong dream," Hart said at his press conference. "Everything's a perfect fit. The location -- it's not too far from home but not too close. The coaches. The stadium's huge, and they run the ball. That's Michigan football."
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.
Hart talked about Michigan after his unofficial visit a couple weekends ago.
"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."
His coach, Bill Spicer, thinks his running back is a player to watch in college.
"Mike is a special running back," said 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 chose the Wolverines over Virginia, West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State and Miami. He had offers from more than 20 schools.