The Army All-American Combine in San Antonio featured many of the nation's elite underclassmen recruits, and one in particular who is beginning to make a name for himself was Sayreville War Memorial (Parlin, N.J.) athlete Myles Hartsfield. The 6-foot, 175-pounder with 4.4 40-yard dash speed worked out as a running back in San Antonio and said he more than held his own.
"I think I did really good. I usually play cornerback at these [combines], but I'm being recruited as an athlete, so I wanted to see where I stood as a running back," Hartsfield said. "I already know what I can do at corner, so I wanted to go against the top linebackers and DBs in the nation as a running back.
"I made some good plays down the middle of the field. One play I ran a route, deked this kid out, beat the DBs and had a big catch down the field."
Besides showing out on the field, Hartsfield said he enjoyed meeting the other top prospects. He said he connected with fellow New Jersey native Isaiah Ross, who attends Piscataway High, and the two plan to work out together this offseason.
"Other than the football part, the best was meeting the other people from different parts of the country, meeting the best guys out there," Hartsfield said. "It was a lot of fun while it lasted."
Hartsfield should have plenty of fun this offseason, as he figures to pull in his share of scholarship offers. He's held an early verbal from hometown Rutgers since attending a 7-on-7 back in the summer, and he's on the verge of several more.
He said Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland and N.C. state have stayed in touch via social media, while Virginia and Boston College came through his school during the open period. Miami, for its part, has been sending mail and invited him to a junior day.
"I'd say Pitt or Maryland are closest to offering next," Hartsfield said. "When I went down to Pitt for their game against Notre Dame, their coaches said once they offer me I'd have a big impact right away. So I pretty much expect to get that offer. And Maryland, their coach, Keith Dudzinksi, he's been hitting me up on Facebook and says to keep up the good work, keep the grades up and make sure I get down there before the season."
Hartsfield has already visited both of those aforementioned schools. He said before he took in the Pitt-Notre Dame bout he had a chance to walk around the campus.
"I loved the Pitt campus; it's best I've seen so far," Hartsfield said. "They're in the city ,and I'm a city boy, so I like that a lot. Then they share a building with the Steelers, so you can't go wrong with that."
He called Maryland the "second best" campus he's been to. Hartsfield was last in College Park for a junior day back in the summer and had plenty of praise for UMD.
"I loved it at Maryland. Just driving around, it was kind of weird, but awesome at the same time," Hartsfield said. "It was really big and open, and I really liked it there a lot. I want to get back."
There's more about Maryland that appeals besides the look of the place, however. Hartsfield said the Terps just happen to boast "my favorite player of all time."
"I don't care what anyone says, I don't even care that he's only a couple years older than me – I love Stefon Diggs," Hartsfield said. "I feel like me and him would make a great team. He's terrific."
Besides Pitt and UMD, Hartsfield has also been to Rutgers and Penn State multiple times. He's been going to games at RU since he was little, while he's seen PSU twice before for a visit and a game.
"I've loved Rutgers since I was a little kid. That's a school my parents want me to keep in mind, and since I was eight I've been going to their boy camps," Hartsfield said. "That's the school I grew up with. And Penn State, I went up there three years ago when my sister was getting recruited there for track. So I liked it a lot then, and I've been back since for their game against Illinois. It was a great atmosphere, and the coaches are really great there too."
While those four programs have caught Hartsfield's eye, he said his No. 1 is a school he hasn't heard from yet.
"Since I was 10 years old I've always loved Florida, and my top school would be Florida State," he said. "I had a cousin who went there and she said she loved it. And it's obviously a great, great football program."
Hartsfield may not see Florida State in person unless the coaches contact him, however. Right now, he plans to attend junior days at Pittsburgh, Miami, Boston College and likely Maryland -- schools that have shown interest.
In the meantime, he's going to be attending several prospect camps and continue working on his game and building off a stellar 2013 campaign. Last season Hartsfield had 44 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass breakups and three blocked field goals on defense. He had 117 carries, 1,600 yards (2,200 all-purpose) and 23 rushing touchdowns (28 total) on offense.
"At this point, I don't know what position I'm going to play in college because I think I'm pretty good at both corner and running back," Hartsfield said. "At corner I'm physical, I don't like to let receivers get off the line, and I have good makeup speed. Some corners like to look back at the quarterback, and I don't do that. And as a running back/slot, I bring the speed, good hands and good blocking."
Hartsfield Making a Name, Nearing UMD Offer?
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