Notre Dame has commitments for the class of 2006 from Zach Frazer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Demetrius Jones (Chicago). Ohio State picked up a verbal from Antonio Henton (Fort Valley, Ga.). Neither school offered Hartline a scholarship.
In response, Hartline has shuffled his list of favorites. Wisconsin remains in the mix, while Michigan State and Illinois have jumped up to replace Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Badgers, Spartans and Illini are among the schools that have given Hartline a scholarship offer.
"I really wanted something from one of those schools (Ohio State and Notre Dame) and when I found out that it wasn't going to work out, I kind of moved on from those and really became more interested in Michigan State and Illinois," Hartline said. "But I was always interested in Wisconsin too."
Hartline took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin for a one-day football camp in June. He visited Michigan State about a year ago, when the Spartans were recruiting his brother, current Buckeye freshman receiver Brian Hartline. Another former GlenOak teammate plays for MSU: sophomore defensive end Nick Smith. Mike Hartline has not made a trip to Illinois yet, but he tentatively plans on taking official visits to all three of his favorites.
"Things are kind of just mellow right now," Hartline said, regarding his recruitment. GlenOak's first game is Friday. "I'm really focusing hard on my senior season and what is expected out of me as for my team. I'm going to take my official visits, it's just that I haven't scheduled those yet. I'm planning on coming up to Wisconsin, maybe taking one up there and a few other places….
"I believe Michigan State and Illinois are probably the other two."
Why does Hartline like Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois?
"Those are the three that I think are best for me right now and the best schools that I think I can strive at and that I also like," he said. "I like all three of those schools, too, so it kind of… fits together. I've just got to see, when the visits come, see what's in store for me."
Wisconsin has been consistently featured on Hartline's list of favorites, but Michigan State and Illinois are new additions.
"I might have expected too much out of some other schools that I liked, which didn't come together," he said. "So those are just some schools that I like, you know, the Big Ten, I like that, and that are really interested, so that helps. It's just something that I look for."