Currently, Partlo is in the top five in the Saginaw Valley League for rushing, with 366 yards on 81 carries through five games, and in his last game he had the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run with 53 seconds left to play. Partlo's team is currently 3-2 with Bay City Central on the schedule this Friday, a team that has severely struggled so far this season. If Partlo can lead his team to victory, they sit two wins away from securing a Michigan high school playoff spot with three games remaining, including a game against arch-rival Midland High and Andrew Maxwell.
Partlo has been a guest at a couple different Grand Valley football games this season, catching the Grand Valley vs Saginaw Valley monsoon and then staying dry the next week when Partlo came in to witness a record-attendance number in the Grand Valley 31-13 victory over Ferris State.
"It gets really crazy there," Partlo said. "It's lots of fun. GVSU's football tradition of winning national championships and their win-loss record is amazing for any level. The coaches are great with lots of experience. I can see why they win so many games and championships." Partlo's plans include at least one more Laker game this season, saying "I would like to come back to GVSU for an official visit after the HS season is over."
Partlo was also one of the recent recruits to tour the new Laker Turf Building next door to Lubbers Stadium. "The new turf building was awesome," he said. "It would be nice to be able to practice in there in the winter and it gives an advantage over other teams." The building continues being a focal point for visiting recruits at each home game, as the facility provides something that not even every Mid-American Conference school can provide.
While Partlo's passing stats haven't been stellar this season, he has continued showing great mechanics and accuracy on his throws. The absence of big numbers hasn't scared off Laker coaches, as Partlo said that they have not talked about moving him to a different position if he ended up in Allendale.
Grand Valley also benefits from their strong academics when it comes to Partlo's recruitment, citing a great engineering program at the school. "My goal is to play college football at a competitive school providing a good education in engineering," said Partlo.
As far as his list of potential suitors, Partlo has narrowed it down to seven schools. Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley, Hillsdale, and Wayne State have all been recruiting him, including the Cardinals of SVSU telling him that he is their top quarterback recruit. "The MAC and GLIAC schools are where I have focused my attention. I believe I can compete at both levels and help the team win games," said Partlo when asked if he had a favorite. "The most important criteria to me are the education and the overall experience of playing football at the college level with a competitive team."