Instead of playing on Friday nights, Hartfield's football experiences this year have been confined to games of flag football on the weekend with his friends. He has lifted weights and is running to stay in shape, but needless to say, he's anxious to put the pads on again.
NC State is the only school that has offered the 6-3, 215-pound linebacker, and that offer came in last year. The Pack has stayed on him hard, and he took a visit to Raleigh for the Pack's win over rival North Carolina.
"The game was great," Hartsfield said. "It was a good win over UNC. They've given me tickets to all the home games. I got to invite two people with me, and since it was the last game and against UNC, I took my parents. I decided to bring them because they wanted to come. They got to see NC State beat UNC."
Hartsfield said his parents are NC State fans, though he has his share of Tar Heel fans in his family as well.
"Since it was the last game and they had been losing the last few weeks they came out strong," Hartsfield said, evaluating the Pack's performance. "They really wanted to beat UNC, and UNC came out thinking they were going to just beat them. State hasn't had a good season this year but it was a good way to finish it off."
Hartsfield keeps in regular contact with assistant coach Andy McCollum, and he said he has a great relationship with the rest of the coaches. Where does he plan on going with the recruiting process from here?
"I'm thinking I'm gonna sign with NC State," he said. "I'm not sure when I'll commit, but hopefully within the next month."
He said no other schools are involved with him at this time. He also went on to talk about what it has been like sitting out from football for a year, as well as what he can bring to the Pack next year.
"It really hurt me that I can't play this year. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the field. I think I can bring dedication, hard work and determination. That's what I want to do for them."