Dallas DB Commits To KSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State began expressing interest in Melvinson Hartfield, Jr. at the beginning of his senior season at South Oak Cliff in the Dallas area. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back kept the Wildcat coach abreast of how his season was going by sending them highlights throughout the fall.

The move paid off with an offer which Hartfield was eager to accept.

"My offer came on Monday and it only took me a couple of days to let Coach Smith know I was ready to be a Wildcat," said Melvinson Hartfield. "He came to Dallas a few times to see me and I stayed in contact with them. I loved the way they operate. They play a real quick tempo defense that's also physical and that's the way I like to play. It was a mutual feeling. They said they loved the way I play. They liked how I never take off any plays and continue to play harder with each play during the game."

Hartfield led the SOC Golden Bears to the Texas 4A playoffs in his senior season. He played wide receiver on offense, both cornerback and safety on defense, and kick and put returner on special teams.

"I had 12 catches for 400 yards and six touchdowns," Hartfield said. "I being recruited [by Kansas State] as a corner, but I played a lot at safety this year. I had two picks on the season. On returns, I took one punt and one kickoff to the house.

"This year I really felt like I was more explosive than in the past this season. Both my speed and strength improved. Playing every down the entire game helped build up my endurance. I feel pretty good about the season went."

Although Hartfield hasn't yet been to the Kansas State campus, he said he did watch many of the games this year and plans on tuning in January 3rd to watch the Wildcats face Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

"I'm making a visit [to Kansas State] on January 19th," he said. "After that I'm going to work on increasing my speed. My best forty time is a 4.4. I'll be running in all the relay events in the track season and the long jump and triple jump. Last year I made it to regional in the triple jump. I'm also going to increase my strength and try to add some weight. I don't really have any goals or expectations for when I get there this summer. I just want to get used to the way they operate and take it from there. If there's a starting spot in the secondary up for grabs, I want to compete for it."

Hartfield lost his sister, Martina, at a young age. He honors her memory before every game by writing her initials "MKH" on his shoes. His school started the season with nine straight wins, but lost their last two including a one-point defeat in the regular season finale followed by another one-point loss in the playoffs. Hartfield wore number-40 for the Golden Bears.


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