Hartline Set for Irish Junior Day

Canton, Ohio is home to one of the Midwest's top quarterback prospects. 6-6, 185-pound Mike Hartline will get plenty of attention over the next year from college coaches. Hartline is set to visit Notre Dame this weekend for junior day, and we spoke with the Glenoak high school star to find out his future plans with regards to recruiting.

Quarterback Mike Hartline had a solid junior season.

"I threw for 2,400 yards," said Hartline. "I also had 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. I think I completed 55 percent of my passes."

We asked Hartline if he's received any offers at this point.

"Kent State offered me during my sophomore year," Hartline explained. "I don't have any other offers yet. Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida State are some of the schools recruiting me."

Hartline's brother Brian signed with the Buckeyes in the class of 2005. We asked Mike if he planned to follow his brother to Ohio State if the Buckeyes offered.

"It'd be really fun to follow him there, but I've got to do what's best for me," Hartline said. "I have to go to the place I feel most comfortable. I'm not sure where that will be yet.

"I've heard that I'm high on (Ohio State's) list, and that I could get an offer within the next couple of months. We'll have to see what happens."

Hartline says he's also scheduled some junior day visits this weekend.

"I went to Michigan's already. That was pretty nice," he said. "I'm going to Purdue's on Saturday and Notre Dame's on Sunday."

Sunday's visit won't be Hartline's first visit to Notre Dame.

"I went last year to their junior day with Brian," he said. "I'm excited to meet their new staff.

"I really liked the whole attitude of the school when I was there--I liked the atmosphere. With coach Weis coming in, it really makes me think I should take Notre Dame into serious consideration."

We asked Hartline what he was looking for in a school, and when he might make a decision.

"I think the most important thing is just feeling comfortable at a school--feeling comfortable with the coaches and the players," he said. "I guess you just look for what makes that school special.

"I'm going to take my time with my decision because I don't want to change my mind. I want to be sure so I could decide at the end of summer or I could decided on signing day."

Comments: Hartline said he had a 3.3 in his core so he should qualify easily. Ohio State is clearly the team to beat. He did seem intrigued by Charlie Weis and the new offense Notre Dame will install. We should know more about his interest after this weekend. We'll follow up with a call.

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