Hartsfield now has the same opportunity.
"It's really exciting to be the fourth kid that Rutgers has really looked in to from Sayreville," Hartsfield said. "I worked out with Delon over the summer because he lives right down the street. Since we were both safeties in high school, it would be great if we were both safeties in college together."
Hartsfield received a verbal offer from head coach Kyle Flood during a conversation earlier this summer. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back attended the Rutgers passing camp and has been a camper in Piscataway, N.J. and Rutgers fan for as long as he can remember.
"I always watched the Rutgers games so I always hear about coach Flood," he said. "It was the first time I ever got to speak with him, so I was very nervous. I loved Rutgers since I was a little kid. I used to go to their camps. I have baby pictures of me with the mascot. I love the school."
Seeing how the process played out for other recruits from Sayreville, an offer and conversation from Flood this early shocked him.
"It was very surprising that I got an offer this early," Hartsfield said. "The kids that go to my school didn't get offers this early. It was a blessing. I really liked how coach Flood spoke to me. I didn't know what to think. I thought he would just say they were looking at me and interested in me, but he told me he was offering me."
Hartsfield most recently watched Delon Stephenson earn a Rutgers offer and commit after his junior season. Good friends with the rising freshman cornerback, Hartsfield said he looks up to him as well.
"The three kids that go there now were really role models for me and how I play," Hartsfield said. "Delon, I really looked up to him when I was in Pop Warner. They were really good role models to me and the team."
Other schools have yet to inquire about Hartsfield, but are expected to start recruiting him when the 2015 contact period begins at the start of the season. Growing up in Central Jersey, Hartsfield wants a similar feel to high school when he makes his college decision.
"It has to be a nice area, because I grew up in a nice area in Sayreville," Hartsfield said. "Education is important. The people, the coaches, the faculty that runs the school, they have to be like a family."