Hargrave Military Academy has been the launching point for numerous division one football prospects over the years. From Torry Holt and Andre Brown to Willie Young and Sam Jones, NC State has been a regular beneficiary of the Chatham, Va prep school. LB Terrell Hartsfield from Wake Forest Rolesville High School will take his talents to Hargrave next August and it’s a safe bet he’ll emerge as a familiar name for Wolfpack fans as the recruiting year unfolds.
Hartsfield talk with Pack Pride recently about his future in football.
“The situation I’m in is that I’m going to Hargrave to finish off my football career,” said Hartsfield. “I can’t play at Rolesville this year because of my age so I thought I would go to Hargrave so I can stay in shape and football-minded for my last year.”
At 6-4, 215 pounds, Hartsfield has been one of North Carolina’s most productive linebackers over the past three seasons. In 2008 he averaged 13 tackles per game and notched three interceptions while helping the Cougars go deep into the playoffs. He’s been named the Cap Seven defensive player of the year each of the past two seasons.
With another year of football still in front of him, Hartsfield is just now seeing interest in his talents take off.
“I’m hearing from NC State, UNC, East Carolina and Virginia Tech,” he said. “Nobody has offered me yet except for State. I’m thinking that UNC is getting pretty close to offering but I believe most of them are waiting to see what happens once I get up to Hargrave.”
Hartsfield was at NC State’s football camp last summer and was a fixture in Carter-Finley stadium during the 2008 season. The Pack has clearly made a favorable impression.
“I like the Wolfpack,” he said. “They have a good environment. It’s like a good, home environment. I would like to play for them a lot. I haven’t talked to the coaches much recently but at the games I went to last season, they were telling me to make sure that I maintain my grades.”
While still early in the recruiting process, Hartsfield denies any favorites at the current time. He plans to visit several schools over the coming weeks but has yet to decide exactly which programs he’ll make unofficial trips to.