Virginia Tech Nike Goes Well for Mike Hartline

GoBlueWolverine caught up with Canton (OH) Glen Oak quarterback Mike Hartline after his performance at last weekend's Virginia Tech Nike Camp. The slender signal caller discussed what parts of his game he learned need work and the schools courting him at this point in time.

How would you say the camp went for you?

"It went really well…outside of the bad weather. The quarterback coach really opened my mind to how much you have to listen and pick things up really quick. There was this one drill where I didn't really know what we were doing, so I just tried to pick up what the other kids were doing. He just really put it on us about how you really have to listen to what you're supposed to do. It took me a couple of times to get it right. It was kind of difficult, but it really opened my eyes up about what I have to do and how I have to pay attention more."

Were there other things that you learned you need to work on?

"Yeah, I really have to work on my drops. At my school we go out of the shotgun a lot. We really don't go under center too much. With what he wanted us to do with certain throws and certain routes…I wasn't doing them precisely as while dropping back because I'm more use to taking a snap out of the gun. I think I need to work a little more on my three-step and five-step drops and getting the ball away a little bit quicker."

Moving on to your recruitment, what schools are you hearing from at this point?

"Notre Dame a lot, Oklahoma, Michigan quite a bit, Ohio State, and Virginia. Those are the top schools that I'm hearing from."

Have any of them offered you?

"No they have not. I've talked to most of them and they just want to see me throw at the next couple of things that I'm going to. After that, they won't hesitate telling me what my status is with them. I'll be at the Elite 11 tryout May 6th up in Ann Arbor and I'm going to the Atlantic East Combine in Jersey on May 4th. I'm planning on some summer camps, but we really haven't set up anything yet. We've got a busy week the first week of May. We really just want to get through that first and then we'll start to talk about summer camps."

What campuses have you visited?

"I've visited Notre Dame. I've also been up to Michigan a couple of times, but I haven't really seen the whole thing. I went up there for their junior day and I was at their camp last year. With my brother (Brian Hartline) going to Ohio State, I've been down there quite a few times and I've seen that campus and everything around there."

How does your brother being at Ohio State play into your decision? If they offer you a scholarship is your recruitment essentially over?

"I wouldn't say that, but I would say that it really helps to know that if I went there I'd be down there with my brother and I'd be comfortable. We'd have that camaraderie and it would just be fun to be down there with him again and catch up on what we missed last season with him being out injured. It would be a blessing if that happened."

What will be the most significant factors in your choice?

Tradition will play a big role. I like schools that have a lot of history. If you go to a place and your college career didn't turn out as good as you would have liked, you can still say you went to that school. I also like a winning attitude…a place where they want to win and they want to be the best. You can't go wrong with any of the schools I mentioned. Really, distance from home isn't going to be a factor, because when you get attention from Oklahoma and schools like that, you have to check them out. That's what I'm trying to do."

Do you have a decision timetable?

"I was just thinking about that. I really want to take official visits, but I know in my situation as a quarterback...that's kind of hard to do. The top quarterbacks usually make their decisions before their senior year. I really want to take visits, but if I can't do that…I'd like to get it out of the way by the end of the summer."

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