Florida Linebacker is a Buff

A surprise visitor over the weekend was Josh Hartigan from Oakland Park, Florida. After returning home, Hartigan thought about his decision between Colorado, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State and called the CU staff about an hour ago to commit.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 216
40 time: 4.6
From: Oakland Park, Florida
High School: Northeast

Josh Hartigan played both ways for Northeast High as a senior. He was unsure of his statistics but feels he had a good year playing at receiver and linebacker for his squad. He also played a little defensive end.

Hartigan was a player that the CU staff had been contacting since the spring but he was all set to go to North Carolina State before the coaching change. "A lot of schools kind of stopped looking at me because they all thought that was where I was going," Hartigan explained. "The coaching change there threw me for a loop and I really haven't heard from NC State since it happened. I went up to Pittsburgh the weekend before last, and then Colorado this past weekend. I have decided on Colorado. I called the coaches an hour ago to let them know."

CU has recruited Hartigan as an outside linebacker and he feels he has a good chance to play early. "There is a great opportunity for me to get on the field there. It is big-time football in the Big 12 and I am looking forward to it."

CU staffer Greg Brown was responsible for Hartigan's recruitment. He has not yet done an in-home visit with the future Buff but the two parties are trying to get that scheduled.

On his trip, Hartigan had a chance to sit down with Coach Hawkins. "He was telling me that he wants athletes that are students first. He wants to make sure that we get our degrees. He also told me that CU will be back on top in a couple years and they are building some new facilities next to Dal Ward."

Hartigan carries a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 960 on the SAT.

He is a December graduate and will be in Boulder on January 15th which makes him a participant for spring ball.

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