Coach's Corner: Adam Ratkevich

Inside, Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) head coach Adam Ratkevich talks about CU football player Josh Hartigan.

Josh Hartigan played several positions for Northeast last fall, but made a name for himself at linebacker. He graduated high school in December and is enrolled currently at Colorado.

Northeast head coach Adam Ratkevich spoke with BSN Thursday.

BSN: Tell me about Josh Hartigan.
: Josh is a tremendous athlete. His father (Sterling Palmer) played in the NFL and at Florida State. While Josh was an outstanding linebacker for us and an all-star, he also played wide out in our spread sets, he played fullback in our power sets. He's the type of kid who can do whatever you ask him to. We even lined him up at safety this year.

To be in that 6-2, 215 range and to be able to run the way he can. ...he was selected for the NIKE Dade-Broward game, which is a big one down here. And he was a (Broward County) all-star -- he's a heck of a football player.

BSN: What appealed to him about Colorado?
: He got a real good feel when he was out there. Besides that the facilities were great and he liked the people, I think he saw the potential with the direction they're trying to take the program. And I think that's something he wanted to be a part of.

BSN: What does it say about him that he graduated early?
: As you know this time of year there's tremendous athletes all around the country people wanted to recruit who can't go to school. This young man not only qualified, but he left high school early. The ability to participate in spring ball is a huge advantage for him, obviously. That's big for the coaches too. He'll be well ahead of the freshmen that didn't have that opportunity.

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