Over the past several weeks, we have unveiled Ohio High's top 105 football prospects for the Class of 2006. Today, we are up to the No. 9 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:
9. ***** Mike Hartline 6-5 ½
190 QB Canton GlenOak
Hartline is the most physically gifted of the quarterbacks in this outstanding class although he did not have the season we expected last year after a red-hot summer. Losing his top receiver in brother Brian (an Ohio State signee) in Game 1 did not help. In addition, head coach Jack Rose made a team decision to move his other target, Brandon Long, a Michigan State commitment, to defense.
Early on, Mike struggled but showed his competitive nature by rallying and playing as expected in the second half of the year. He led his team to the playoffs. During the regular season, he completed 160 of 280 passes for 2,075 yards.
What we have to go back to is his outstanding camp showing where he had familiar receivers to throw to. I stopped counting the number of players who told me after the camp how impressive Mike was.
At his size, you would think this is a pure pocket passer, but that is not the case. He is an outstanding hurdler and high jumper, and it shows when the pocket breaks down and he is forced to run. With the top-drawer arm, the size and the athleticism Hartline has will bring comparisons to Ben Rothlisberger. I am not going to be surprised if he is a top-10 national quarterback this year.
Ohio High scout/contributor Bill Greene is our point man in Stark County. He was the first to notice Hartline. "I saw Mike run indoor track in February," he said. "His athleticism is going to surprise people. I think he will have a great senior year. Coach Jack Rose says he will be the most heavily recruited player ever at Glen Oak."
Hartline is getting a lot of looks from the Big Ten and elsewhere as he has offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss, Illinois, and various MAC schools, and he is also considering Michigan, Notre Dame, Boston College, NC State, and Oklahoma, but I think an offer from Ohio State, especially with his brother there, is going to be hard to turn down.
We also have a special Bucknuts TV video interview with Mike Hartline, taken on Sunday during the photoshoot for the Ohio High School Football Guide. In the interview, Hartline discusses his favorites, his season, and much more. You will need Windows Media Player to see the interview.
To learn more about the Ohio High School Football Guide, a 600-plus page guide to Ohio's high school football teams, check out the High School Sports Publications Web site at http://www.hssp.cc/Ohio/
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