Melvinson Hartfield Update

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Melvinson Hartfield, who just committed to Kansas State in mid-December, came to the KSU campus for the weekend from Big D to meet with Wildcat coaches and players on his official visit.

The South Oak Cliff High School standout cornerback spoke to about what he came away with from the visit.

"My trip to Kansas State went great," said Melvinson Hartfield. "I loved all of the coaches. The environment was outstanding. I had a chance to see the fan support firsthand at the basketball game. I loved it. I watched them beat Oklahoma. A lot of the guys on the team were still out on their break, so I was shown all around campus by my host, Marquel Bryant, who's also from Dallas and played at Skyline. It was cool hanging out with him and some of the other recruits who were there like Isaiah Williams and Kenny Hill."

Hartfield, 5-foot11, 190-pounds, who Kansas State is recruiting as a cornerback, also spent some one-on-one time during the visit with Tom Hayes, the defensive coordinator and overseer of the secondary.

"I love Coach Hayes," Hartfield said. "He's a good guy, always positive. He sees more in me than I do myself. With his help, I know I can go far. We sat down together and looked at my highlight tape. He loved my speed. He said he really like my burst to the ball after it was thrown. He likes the way I move downhill. I also got to play a little at receiver this year and he liked how quickly I left everyone behind on my routes."

One person who wasn't in Manhattan over the weekend was Hartfield's recruiter, Michael Smith, who left to join Bret Bielema's staff at Arkansas. Hartfield said Smith's absence doesn't change his commitment to K-State.

"The highlight of my trip was meeting with Coach Snyder. He's a great guy who really cares about his player's success on and off the field. I wish Coach Smith the best, but I'm ready to be a Wildcat. I wish I was there already."

Hartfield will be in a National Signing Day ceremony at John Kincade Stadium where the players in the Dallas ISD will publicly sign their letters of intent. In the spring, he plans on running three relay events and compete in the triple jump in track and field.

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