Dee Hart joined the Alabama Crimson Tide in January 2011 after finishing his senior season at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida.
As a running back, Hart chose Alabama after previously committing to the University of Michigan and former coach Rich Rodriguez. Many fans did not know what to expect from Hart due to him not looking like previous running backs recruited by Coach Nick Saban to Alabama.
Scout, Rivals, and ESPN rated Hart as a Top 100 player in the 2011 signing class. He earned U.S. Army All-American Game MVP honors along with U.S. Army National Player of the Year.
Alabama fans got a glimpse of Hart’s playmaking ability during the 2011 A-Day game. Unfortunately, Hart tore his ACL during summer workouts, causing him to redshirt the 2011 season.
Early in the 2012 season, Hart showed more promise at running back when he got the chance. Behind Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Jalston Fowler prior to his injury, Hart played in mop-up duty.
His season-best for carries came in week one against Michigan when he carried the ball nine times. In week four against Florida Atlantic University, Hart rushed for a career-best 29 yards and a 7.3 yard per carry average.
Then when receiving a punt in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, Hart went down in pain. Although he walked off the field, the news was the same as the previous offseason: torn ACL.
Hart now enters the 2013 season by starting spring practice at cornerback. In years past, Saban has put offensive players returning from injury on the defense to get used to contact.
Pay close attention to how permanent the position switch is.