Dee Hart, a former five-star RB recruit, is transferring from Alabama to Colorado State.
Hart told the Orlando Sentinel of his intentions on Wednesday and will play for former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who is the Rams head coach. Hart, who graduated high school in December 2011, never actually played for McElwain at Alabama, whose first year at Colorado State was in 2012. However, he's undoubtedly familiar with him from the recruiting process.
Hart suffered a knee injury before his first preseason camp at Alabama in 2011 and in 2012 had another one after he caught a punt against Ole Miss. In parts of 2012 and 2013, he had 43 carries for 164 yards. He'll be immediately eligible to play at Colorado State after he graduated from Alabama. Out of high school, Hart was listed as the No. 19 player in the country and the top RB according to Rivals.
It's good news for Colorado State too, as they have a canyon-sized hole in the backfield to fill. Kapri Bibbs ran for 1,741 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore last season and declared for the NFL draft. (He went undrafted.) And Donnell Alexander, the likely successor to Bibbs, was granted his release from the program in March.
Hart will likely compete for playing time with Purdue transfer Dalyn Dawkins.
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