As Myles Hartsfield's post-graduate season nears its end, the Great Barringer (Mass.) East Coast Prep cornerback/receiver and one-time Penn State commit is seeing his recruitment start to blossom.
His latest offer came from Ole Miss, where he is now tenatitvely scheduled to officially visit Nov. 21 for the LSU game, and a bevy of other schools are in on him. Hartsfield told Scout in October that UCLA, Boston College and Temple already offered, and East Carolina has followed with an offer.
Also, Rutgers, West Virginia, Purdue, Indiana, and Connecticut are also showing strong inteest. He visited Rutgers and Temple for games in October, and when East Coast Prep holds its Dec. 1 "Practice Showcase," dozens of schools are expected to attend.
"Myles is already qualified. He’s going to get a lot of offers," ECP coach Dick Bell. "I get so many calls on Myles, it’s going to get out of control."
Because of East Coast Prep's mission and location, contact with prospects is not as simple as calling on the phone or connecting on twitter. Students have little access to phones. Sunday evenings are designated phone times, so much of the contact comes via email or through Bell.
Bell said UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is slated to get in touch with Hartsfield soon.
"They’re going to talk to him next week," Bell said. "They have a big game coming up. Mazzone is calling. They really like him,"
Schools are split on where Hartsfield will play, and Bell said many of the schools are recruiting him as an athlete.
"When I talk to West Virginia, they want him as a corner," Bell said. "When East Carolina comes in, they want him as a receiver. It’s sort of a beautiful thing in that regard. It’s a two-for …two for the price of one because if they don’t work on one position, they can play the other."
ECP's season ends Sunday, which means Hartsfield's focus will turn toward finishing the semester and recruiting. Other than the Ole Miss visit, Hartsfield needs to plot his course with official visits, but many may come after the Dec. 1 showcase, which is an opportunity for college coaches to speak with Hartsfield and learn more about him.
"Myles is going to be a January entry," Bell said. "He will probably have to end up doing (official) visits during the week to get five in. There is no way he can get five in without doing that. Myles and I are going to sit down Monday and go through all that."