Irish Open Hartline's Eyes

With a close brother already attending Ohio State, many would consider the chances of the Irish signing quarterback Mike Hartline next February to be slim and none—that was until a recent junior day experience. The 6-6, 185-pound Hartline attended the Notre Dame junior day and came away very impressed with the new Irish regime.

Quarterback Mike Hartline recently told us that he would love to play with his brother Brian at Ohio State. However, his attendance at a recent Irish junior day has prompted Hartline to strongly consider Notre Dame at this point.

"I went with Brian to Notre Dame's junior day last year and it was a complete change from last year with this new staff," said Hartline of his junior day experience. "My mom and I went and we were both blown away by it. It really opened my eyes about Notre Dame and the Notre Dame experience."

Hartline said he was impressed with a number of things at Notre Dame.

"I really liked the fact that it's not totally about football at Notre Dame," Hartline said. "Sometimes that's a bad thing, but that's not at all the situation at Notre Dame.

"I also really liked coach Weis. He's a people person," Hartline said. "He just gives it to you straight, and I really liked that."

Hartline also recently took an unofficial visit to Purdue as well, but the Canton, Ohio native admitted he didn't enjoy his experience in West Lafayette as much.

"I didn't think too much about it," Hartline said of the Purdue junior day. "I didn't get the chance to hang out with the position coach or the head coach. I was looking for more one-on-one there and I didn't get that there."

The top Midwest prospect says recruiting has been heating up for him recently.

"I have been offered by Kent State and Michigan State," he said. "Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia, Florida State, Oregon and Southern Cal have been sending me a lot of stuff.."

Hartline also said he's currently making his spring and summer plans.

"I'm starting to plan my camp plans and what combines I'm going to attend," he said. "On May 2nd I'm going to Rutgers for the Blue Chip camp. That's a limited entry camp.

"I'm also going to the Elite 11 tryout in Michigan, and then the Nike camp is the next day there so I'll go that.

"I also plan to attend some one-day camps. I'm also going to Ohio State towards the end of March for a spring practice. I'll also go on an unofficial visit to watching practice at Notre Dame and Michigan."

When will Hartline make a decision?

"I'll probably try to narrow it down after I go to some of the spring camps. We'll see where I am at then," he said. "At my position you're almost forced to make an early decision so I'm going to have to buckle down and try to make it before my season begins."

Comments: The Irish made quite an impression on both Hartline and his mom. Hartline said he really has started to consider the Irish strongly after his visit. However, we think an Ohio State offer would be hard to turn down for Hartline. We'll check back soon with Mike to see when he plans to visit Notre Dame again. Top Stories