Hartz Takes in Starkville

The Morton High Panthers are poised for a strong season this fall thanks in large part to some very talented returning starters. Freddie Hartz has worked some at linebacker, but seems destined to play defensive line once he is done growing. Hartz spent some time at Mississippi State on Thursday to see just where he would fit should he elect to join the Bulldog fold.

"Camp went really well and I learned more stuff than I did at the other camps I have been to," Hartz said. "I had a good time and I learned some things that will help me."

There has been some discussion about where Hartz fits position wise on the college level. The popular opinion is that the rising junior will find a home on the defensive line. Hartz reports that he is open to the possibilities.

"It really doesn't matter to me," Hartz said of a position change. "I have been on the defensive side of the ball, so long that I am okay with whatever I need to play."

On Thursday, Hartz worked mostly with Bulldog defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Manny Diaz. It appears that the two got along well.

"Coach Diaz is a great coach," Hartz said. "He taught me a lot of stuff. He taught me way more stuff than other people have taught me at camps."

Hartz and his teammates are working hard to prepare for what could be a memorable season for Morton High School.

"I expect us to win state," Hartz said. "I think we'll probably go 10-1 or something like that. I think we have a team that can go all of the way."

Over the course of the next two seasons, Hartz will likely add to a growing list of options that already includes several SEC schools.

"I have offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss, Tennessee and a couple more," Hartz said. "Mississippi State and Ole Miss are leading. They are both home for me. I am going to take a little more time to think about things, but I like both of them, because I just feel at home."

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