"I'm still at Wake Forest Rolesville, and I'll be going to school there this year," Hartsfield informed Pack Pride. "I won't play any sports though because I'll be too old, but I'm going to be able to pull up my grades so I can go to college next year.
"At first I was going to go to Hargrave, but it costs around 30,000 for one year to go there. The financial situation didn't work out for me so I'm going to be back at Wake Forest Rolesville instead."
In 2008 Hartsfield 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 after wreaking havoc from his outside linebacker position.
"I can't play in games but I'm going to still work out with my team so I can stay in shape," said Hartsfield. "I'll also work with my trainer so I'll be ready to go for college next year when I can possibly go to [NC] State because they have offered me a full scholarship."
Hartsfield plans on using the year away from football to focus on his academics. He has some work to do in the classroom to qualify academically, but he knows where he stands and has a plan in place. "This year I'm really trying to make straight A's or just A's or B's," he said. "I do think I have a good shot at qualifying as long as I do what I plan on doing. If I can do that in class and take care of my SAT score then I'll be able to make it. I get to take it three times before December and then I can take it some more in the spring if I have to so I know what I need to do.
"Not being able to play sports might be a good thing for me because I don't have to worry about that hurting me with my grades. I'll have a lot of time to get the grades right so I can go to college."
Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Hartsfield is being recruited to play outside linebacker. He's hearing from several programs and has a scholarship offer from his current leader.
"I'm hearing from NC State, UNC, ECU, and Georgia Tech," he stated. "NC State is the only one that has offered me a scholarship.
"State is my favorite right now. They've been on me since the beginning of my sophomore year, and I love the environment over there. It's close to home, and the coaches are really caring. I also like the school... they really take care of their football athletes. I'm always going to the games... in fact I'm already invited to the first game against South Carolina."
Does Hartsfield have a timeframe for making a decision?
"I'm not worried about making a decision right now because I want to keep all of my options open," he said. "I also want to get my grades right. I have to do that."