Hartline Rebounds From Injury, Eyes Football

OSU wide receiver signee Brian Hartline out of Canton GlenOak suffered a tough season-ending injury the first game of his senior football season, but it's safe to say that he has rebounded from the injury as he is having a fine season on the track. Hartline is also looking forward to this summer's Big 33 game as well as finally putting on a Buckeye uniform. We caught up with him for an update on how things have progressed during the spring months. Click the link for more.

Ohio State football signee Brian Hartline is entering a critical three-week stretch. Hartline, a wide receiver from Canton GlenOak, is about to embark on the postseason in track and field.

Hartline, of course, suffered a broken leg playing in GlenOak's football season opener last August. He went through an entire fall and winter of rehab and has made quite a recovery.

This past weekend, he helped GlenOak win the Federal League track championship, earning co-MVP honors for the meet. Hartline took firsts in the 100- and 300-meter hurdle events and was also a member of the winning 4x100 relay team. He was denied a chance at a fourth first at the league meet when inclement weather stopped the meet prior to the 4x400 relay.

"The main thing was to go out as a senior and win a team championship," Hartline said.

Hartline discussed his long road back to full health.

"I don't have any problems," he said. "Every week it gets better and the amount of soreness goes down."

The track postseason begins with the district meet, set for Thursday and Saturday at North Canton. The regionals would be next May 26-28 at Youngstown with the state meet set for June 3-4 at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Although Hartline missed the balance of the football season, the Big 33 selection committee tapped him to play on the Ohio squad in that all-star game July 23 in Hershey, Pa.

"I am really excited that I am going to get to play in the Big 33 game," said Hartline, who was one of the state's top 15 college prospects this past year. "I was also going to play in the Ohio North-South game, but I'll be out of town for that.

"It will be neat to play with some of the other guys going to Ohio State. It should be a pretty good team and I've heard it is a great event."

Hartline verbaled to OSU last summer. The OSU staff stood by him when he suffered his leg injury, although most believed Hartline would surely redshirt as a freshman.

But with his swift recovery, Hartline has set his sights on playing for the Buckeyes this season.

"I talk to (wide receivers coach Darrell) Hazell quite a bit and to (offensive coordinator Jim) Bollman once in a while," Hartline said. "I am hoping to be down there a couple days after the Big 33 at the end of July and work out with them then.

"Certainly, from the people I have talked to, it's not out of the question at all for me to try and play this year. Coach Hazell is excited about me coming down and seeing how I fit in this year. My big goal is to get on the travel squad and see if I can help them this year."

Hartline graduates from GlenOak June 5. He holds a 3.75 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.

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