"Notre Dame's a real favorite for me and so is Wisconsin," Hartline said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "Ohio State is, along with Kentucky. Kentucky's pretty cool. I guess those are probably the only schools that I really like."
Hartline has scholarship offers from two of his favorites — Wisconsin and Kentucky. In addition to the Badgers and Wildcats, he has offers from Illinois, Mississippi, Marshall, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Kent State.
What does Hartline like about his four favorites?
"Wisconsin is a good place… that I could grow from," he said. "It was a good school. And great academics, great football program. And it's the type of football that I like to play… throw the ball a little bit, throw it around. It's the kind of offense that I can work with really well; the type of coaching staff that can take me all the way.
"I think it just ties in with everything else. All the other schools kind of have that same situation. Great coaches, great individual quarterback coaches that I like. Great coaching staff and very promising football program and that's what you like to see….
"There are some ticks along the way, from what I like about some schools and what I don't like with some of them. Other than that they are pretty much about even."
After a strong junior season during which he threw for about 2,400 yards and 16 touchdowns, Hartline is rated the No. 9 class of 2006 prospect in the state of Ohio by Ohio High and Bucknuts.com, and the No. 46 prospect in the Midwest by Scout.com.
Hartline hopes to make a relatively early decision.
"As a quarterback people commit early," he said. "They always just say, usually in the summer, where they want to go. But I'm thinking around August, September is where I'm going to try to make my decision. That's basically the timeframe that I want to look at."
In the past week, Hartline attended one-day football camps at Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
"Michigan was last Wednesday (June 22)," Hartline said. "Ohio State was last Saturday, it was the 25th. Wisconsin this past Monday and Notre Dame was yesterday."
"I thought they were all pretty good," Hartline said. "They all had different concepts of what they were trying to do but at the same time they were all very helpful and I enjoyed going to every single one of them."
"Just about every camp I got to talk to all the coaches," he added. "I pretty much knew a lot of them so it was nice to see them again. But when I went to Wisconsin I didn't really know most of them, so it was nice to meet their coaching staff that I hadn't met before.
Wide receivers coach Henry Mason is recruiting Hartline for the Badgers. While at UW, Hartline also had conversations with quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton and co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.