With major changes taking place at Davidson Day, 2018 Wake Forest quarterback commit Sam Hartman has transferred to Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) High School.
“It’s been a great transition from Davidson Day to Hough. I have great respect for Davidson Day and what they’ve allowed me to accomplish there,” Hartman said. “It is what it is, but I do appreciate Davidson Day.
“Hough has been great these last two or three weeks. I’ve loved going to the basketball games and being involved with the student body. It’s like being in a really big family. I’m exciting about this upcoming football season, to have that environment and that student body behind me.”
Also transferring to Hough from Davidson Day were wide receiver Nolan Groulx, defensive end Jack Carter and cornerback Spencer Blair.
“We kept in touch, but it was more individual,” Hartman said about their decisions. “It kind of became a no-brainer.”
Hartman said the Wake coaching staff stayed in touch with him during the process.
“They’re excited to see me play at a big level, and are excited that I can still graduate early and get out to Wake by enrolling early,” he said.
Former Davidson Day teammate and current Wake running back Cade Carney had some timely advice, having also transferred between his junior and senior seasons of high school.
“He went from a big to a small,” Hartman said. “He told me to enjoy it, because it’s going to go by fast, especially with leaving early.”
Hartman enjoyed one final Davidson Day moment, as he watched four of his teammates sign to play college football on National Signing Day, including linebacker Chase Monroe, who signed with the Deacs.
“Signing day was cool to see all the guys from Davidson Day — they’ve helped me mature,” Hartman said. “It was nice to see all their hard work pay off, as they move on to the big stage at the next level, which is a goal for all high school players.”
Hartman was in Florida this last weekend, participating in a 7 on 7 tournament.
“I did alright. There were a few areas I could improve on,” he said. “It was a great experience all the way around. We had about three-or-four weeks to prepare, which is a lot shorter than I’m used to.”
Hartman, who threw for 3,733 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2016, has a busy summer in store.
“Working out everyday, trying to get ready for Nike Elite and 7-on-7 tournaments every month,” Hartman said about his future plans. “Spring ball (at Hough) is like a 10-day deal with full pads.”
He hasn’t really heard from other coaches since committing to Wake Forest.
“I don’t really reach out and nobody reaches out to me,” Hartman said. “They know that I’m fully committed to Wake and they don’t bother.”
As the first and only 2018 commit so far, Hartman has been keeping a close eye on who is coming in for visits.
“I’ve been following who’s come in for visits, and I’m excited,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent and a lot of guys I’d like to see in the Black and Gold with me.”
He’s a big fan of the 2017 class, and specifically the group of wide receivers Dave Clawson has just signed.
“Those guys are awesome. I’ve met most of them, and they’re great guys” Hartman said. “Those guys look like they’re ready to play. I’m excited to see what they do this season, and I’m excited to get up there with them.”
The Deacs took a late decommit from the quarterback position in the 2017 class. Any chance of history repeating itself?
“There’s no chance,” Hartman said assuredly. “I’m 110 percent committed to Wake Forest.”