Hartline Taking Visits

Offensive lineman Andrew Hartline of Stevensville (Mich.) Lakeshore High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University in June. Following Mike DeBord's resignation as CMU head coach in December, Hartline said he began to receive offers from some other MAC schools.

Andrew Hartline was the second prep player to make a verbal commitment to the Central Michigan football program for next season when he pledged the Chippewas in June, following the lead of his teammate Adam Benke.

Since the day Mike DeBord resigned though, rival schools have begun to recruit Hartline. Last weekend, Hartline said he made an official visit to Western Michigan and this weekend he's visiting Toledo. Both schools have offered a scholarship.

"I have not decommitted from CMU," Hartline said. "I'm up in the air. The big deciding factor is how I'm going to like Toledo. I've got to take in all the information and see where I stand."

Hartline said Toledo would have to knock his socks off for him to change his commitment from CMU. One of the things he said that appeals to him about Toledo is its Pharmacy school, a career in which Hartline has a keen interest.

Still, WMU and Toledo appear to be fighting an uphill battle to secure a verbal commitment from Hartline.

"I had a nice visit to Western last weekend but it was weird," Hartline laughed. "For the past eight months I've been getting ready to hate these people and now all of a sudden I'm spending time with them."

Hartline said he is also very excited about Brian Kelly taking over as the new Chippewa head football coach.

"My honest opinion is that he's going to turn the CMU program around in five minutes just like he said," Hartline added. "My high school coach (Denny Dock) is an avid fan of Coach Kelly. The first day I came back from (Christmas) break, Coach Dock took Adam (Benke) and me aside and told us he (Kelly) is going to turn the CMU program around and start winning."

Hartline said he will make his final decision on where he will play his college football within the next three or four days after returning from his Toledo visit.

"I'm still in love with the coaches, players and campus at CMU," Hartline said. "(CMU running backs coach) Butch Jones has been almost like a member of the family (during this process). Coach Jones said whatever my decision is, he'd help me through it and that made me feel really good."

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