RECRUITING: Hartley ready to contribute

Southlake, Texas kicker and OU verbal Garrett Hartley talks about his season, OU-Texas and his plans for next season.

The rumors are true. Southlake Carroll, Texas kicker Garrett Hartley can indeed boot 73-yard field goals.

"That's definitely with wind, but I have done it," said 5-foot-9, 174-pound Hartley, who committed to Oklahoma in June and uses a tee for his field goals like most high school kickers. "In a stadium setting with no wind, I can make them from 65 yards."

This season, Hartley is eight of eight on field goal attempts, which includes a career-best 54-yard kick vs. Irving High, perfect on extra points and averaging 41 yards per punt. He also handles kickoffs for defending 5A Division II state champion Southlake Carroll, which is 7-0 and ranked #1 in their respective class by The Dallas Morning News.

"I'm having an awesome season," said Hartley, who chose the Sooners over Kansas State and Texas. "Everything's working out for the best right now."

Besides attending the Fresno State game, Hartley was also at Oklahoma-Texas, but to make the trip he used 50-yard line tickets given to him by the Longhorns.

"That's the only way I could go," said Hartley, who will be at the Oklahoma State game on Nov. 1 and then take his official visit to Norman the following weekend for Texas A&M. "So when Texas offered me tickets, I took advantage. Of course, I wouldn't have done it without permission from OU's coaches."

Despite that, Hartley insists that he's not wavering on his commitment to Oklahoma. Instead, he said the Red River Shootout further reinforced his decision to be a Sooner.

"It's the best decision I've ever made," said Hartley, an "A" student, who plans to major in either marketing or finance. "They (Oklahoma) have everything to offer—the coaches, the players, the tradition and the facilities. It's just overwhelming."

In the meantime, Hartley said he's already focusing his sights on Norman and Sooner kicker Trey DiCarlo.

"I hope I give him a run for his money," said Hartley, who recently bench-pressed 225 pounds nine times. "If I have to redshirt than so be it, but that's not what I'm going there (Oklahoma) for."

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