Ohio quarterback Mike Hartline enjoyed meeting new UK quarterback coach Randy Sanders. However, he was still fully committed to signing with the Wildcats Wednesday long before that meeting.
"I was never wavering on Kentucky. That was just a complete rumor. Obviously, it created tension when coach (Kurt) Roper left (for Tennessee). But I wasn't going to base my whole decision on him. My parents kept telling me that. Once he left, it wasn't like I was going to change where I was going to school," Hartline said. "I am the kind of person that once I make up my mind, it is final. We are not the type of family to change a decision. That's why it took me so long to make up my mind about a college to start with."
Hartline knew even with Roper gone, offensive coordinator Joker Phillips would still be there to tutor him and Brooks would still be in charge of the program.
"Everything starts with the position coach, but then it goes to the offensive coordinator and then the head coach. It's not about just who is coaching me, but who is backing up that coach," Hartline said. "Coach Phillips has a big say over what the quarterbacks do. Then coach Brooks has an even bigger say. It's up to them what I ultimately do. My quarterback coach's job is to teach me what they want."
Hartline remains encouraged by what Kentucky's coaches have told him about the signing class. He admits he doesn't know that much about each player, but he likes what he has heard.
"The coaches tell me it is going to be one of the best recruiting classes Kentucky has had. They say they have some great receivers and running backs. They are really high on the skilled positions. With all the young guys they already have on campus, I think we can have a great team in a couple of years," Hartline said.
Hartline admits he will be glad when signing day arrives. He's been lifting weights and throwing as much as he can.
"I've just been living the life of a high school kid. Nothing special. Just hanging out with my friends," Hartline said. "I've had time to relax. I wanted to give myself a little break after football ended. I have not been too lazy and quit doing everything. In fact, I started missing the football stuff."
Hartline plans on being in Lexington in June to attend summer school and get ready for his first year with the Wildcats.
"I can't wait to get going. I know a lot of people speculated about my commitment to Kentucky, but I've never had any second thoughts about the decision," he said.
Hartline confirms he will stay the course
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