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Mike Hartline (OC Ohio Dominican)


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Hartline About To Enter The Spotlight - Free BN Article

Hartline About To Enter The Spotlight
By Bill Greene Ohio High Scout/Contributor
Date: Aug 4, 2004

The early reviews of Canton GlenOak junior quarterback Mike Hartline are glowing. The tall, athletic quarterback with a rocket arm has already received scholarship offers and could very well be one of the top overall quarterback prospects in the country next year, but unlike his brother Brian, he seems to be interested in getting more involved in the recruiting process. Ohio High Scout/Contributor Bill Greene recently caught up with Hartline for a session of Q&A.

Mike, what is your height, weight, and forty time?

"I'm 6' 5" 175 lbs. and I ran a 4.8 forty at the Ohio State camp."

What are goals for this season, both team and personal?

"For our team, my goal is to win our league, and get to the playoffs. Coach Rose has a pyramid of success, we're working on, and those are 2 of our goals. For myself, I'm hoping to throw for 2,500 yards, and improve my TD to INT. ratio."

What do you need to improve on, physically and mentally?

"Physically, I need to get stronger. A couple days ago, Brian and I were working out with Justin Zwick and Dustin Fox, and I could see how strong Justin is. His arm strength was so impressive, as well as his overall physical strength. I'm satisfied with my footwork, but I need to add muscle. Mentally, I'm so much more confident than last year. I'm working on leadership and trying to show the guys that I'm willing to put the time in to learn the QB position."

Who is you idol, and who do you pattern your game after?

"My idol is my brother, Brian. I look up to him so much, because of how hard he works. The QB I admire most was Troy Aikman. I always watched the NFL growing up, and I liked the way he controlled a game. I wear #8 because he did."

Is it a given that you will go to OSU, if offered, to play with your brother, Brian?

"I'm not sure. When Brian used to talk about taking his visits, I would kid him and say if OSU offers, you'll accept on the spot and never take your visits. I think I want to see what other schools are like. I know a lot about OSU and like everything about them."

I realize it's very early, but what colleges are you interested in? Give me a list of five.

"My list would be OSU, Michigan, Purdue, Stanford, and Tennessee, right now. I told Brian he should have visited Stanford, when they offered him, but my dad would probably kill me if I went there."

Since we're talking college, who is your favorite team, and why?

"Ohio State is my favorite team and also number one on my list, obviously. I really like Coach Tressel a lot. He's very direct, and seems to be very caring. I think Joe Daniels is a real cool guy, too. At camp, Coach Daniels was always telling me to relax and have fun, not put too much pressure on myself. He kept telling me not to worry, just play my game."

By all reports, you had an excellent camp at Ohio State. How did you feel about your performance?

"I didn't think I played all that well, really. As the time went by, I got more comfortable, and by the end of camp, I was throwing the ball much better. I really liked being there and could see it's a great place to play. Brian and I stayed with Dustin Fox, and it was great getting to know him."

Are you feeling pressure to perform this year, with all the increased attention?

"I really don't know why I'm getting so much attention, really. I only played six games last year, as a sophomore. The only pressure I feel comes from myself. I want to get better, and I push myself pretty hard."

Tell me something about (GlenOak head coach Jack Rose)?

"Coach Rose is a great guy and a great coach. The best thing about him is he takes care of all of us. He cares about everybody on the team. He'll listen to you if you need to talk. It doesn't matter if you're a starter or third string. You could be a freshman with a problem, and coach would want to help. Everybody on the team respects him so much."

Last question. Tell me something people don't know about you.

"People would be surprised to know how dedicated I've become. I want to know everything we are doing. I won't run a drill unless I know exactly what I'm supposed to do. I ask a lot of questions, because I want to get it right. The game is starting to really slow down for me, and I'm realizing what I need to do to win. I think my attitude will surprise some people."


Pro-style quarterback
Canton (OH)
Glen Oak


Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
'03 stats: He passed for over 1200 yards, completing 55% with four touchdowns and five interceptions

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Last season, Mike Hartline was the most improved player in Stark County, from week one through week 10. He appears to be even better this year. Watching Mike throw every pass a QB needs to make, it was easy to see why the younger Hartline impressed everyone at OSU's camp a few weeks ago. Heading into his junior season, Mike already has a scholarship offer from Kent State, and is certain to add to that list as the year progresses. Mike is receiving excellent coaching from head coach Jack Rose, so his improvement will continue, making him a national recruit. Coach Rose has stated that Mike will be the most heavily recruited player he has coached at GlenOak, and he's coached some great ones, including Buckeye star Dustin Fox.

At 6-6, GlenOak QB Mike Hartline is a prototypical major Division I quarterback recruit.

Said one college talent observer at the scrimmage: “We can put on weight, but we can’t put on height.”
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Great news about how much he likes Ohio State and its staff. Looks like he's ours to lose. Too bad Rivals can't kept their info updated...they have Virginia and Wisconsin listed as his other favorites, and Mike didn't even mention them in the above article.
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tundra1 said:
Hartline seems like a solid quarterback prospect. From everything I've heard, Schlichter is more of a gamble.:wink2:

Rimshot, please...ba dum dum. You don't know close you were from getting your first negative rep points for that one. :biggrin:
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a few Hartline tidbits from Canton Rep

GlenOak’s problems

Two things are becoming evident in GlenOak’s offense, and both have to do with QB Mike Hartline. Neither are anything he can, or should, change.

Hartline’s athletic ability is well above those he is playing with. Receivers are having a tough time hanging on to his passes because he has such a strong arm. When Hartline gets to the next level — and he is being recruiting by most major programs — that won’t be a problem.

The other factor is passes are high and usually at or above his receivers’ heads. Hartline is 6-foot-6 and is throwing to wideouts who range from 5-10 to 6-foot.
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Eagles soaring behind Hartline
Friday, November 12, 2004 By TODD PORTER Repository sports writer

PLAIN TWP. — About the only thing Jack Rose hasn’t used is a jackhammer. When dealing with the psyche of a young quarterback, the GlenOak head coach knows a rubber mallet is best.

His point has been driven home and heard by GlenOak quarterback Mike Hartline.

The 6-foot-6 junior is being recruited by colleges from coast to coast. Sometimes players of Hartline’s caliber believe the game is decided on their shoulders, that they have to make most of the plays. But in this case, as Rose has said time and again, Hartline has enough playmakers around him.

“We’ve told him, ‘Hey, it’s OK to punt the ball once in a while,’ ” Rose said. “Mike is doing a much better job of taking what defenses are giving him.”

Hartline gets a second shot at a McKinley defense that intercepted five of his passes in a regular-season game earlier this year. Saturday night at 7 at Fawcett Stadium, the Bulldogs will try to frustrate Hartline and his GlenOak teammates in a Division I regional semifinal.

The games began Thursday night. After most GlenOak players had showered and left, a car pulled alongside the GlenOak locker room. A group of teenagers handed a large bird’s wing to a team manager and told him to give it to the players because that would be all that’s left of them Saturday night.

The wing wasn’t dropped off by McKinley players. They were busy eating at a team dinner that started at about the same time. Rose had the wing put in a bag. It smelled, and he didn’t want it stinking up his office. His players will probably get a look at it today, and the message will be delivered.

In all fairness, neither of these teams resemble the ones that played each other in the fourth week of the season. Hartline has settled in at quarterback. Wide receivers TyShaun Brown, Harold Fannin, Brian McNew and Kirby Mayle have provided the offense with a consistent set of hands.

The development of backup quarterback Justin Allison has added comfort to the coaching staff and they are allowing Hartline to run more.

“The last three weeks we’ve really come on and we’ve been making some plays,” Rose said. “We have a nice rotation with our receivers. Mike has settled down and has been consistent.”

Hartline is a confident kid. He is a strong-armed passer with a presence in the huddle.

“He thinks he can make every throw, but sometimes you don’t have to,” Rose said. “He has a lot of confidence. The biggest thing I’ve noticed in him is his poise. He was in complete control last week. Any time he needed to make a play he was going to make one.”

Rose and Hartline have talked about the first game against McKinley. Three of his interceptions were superb defensive plays, including one that was a tipped pass. Another pass was an obvious drop that was tipped by a GlenOak receiver and the fifth came when Hartline tried to throw the ball away in the back of the end zone, but didn’t get enough muscle on the pass.

“I asked him, ‘Are you excited about this game?’ He said, ‘Yes I am, but I’m trying to be reserved about it, too,’ ” Rose said. “He’s had a great week of practice. ... I think Mike is realizing that every defense gives you something. We can’t force the ball, because someone else is sitting wide open.”

McKinley head coach Brian Cross is well aware that GlenOak has changed since the first game. He also knows his team is different as well. The Bulldogs were without running back and safety Ryan Brinson in the second half. Two-way lineman Antwon Hight was suspended. The McKinley offensive line was struggling then, but it hasn’t much in the second half of the season.

Cross also knows his team has to do something Saturday night that GlenOak won’t: Beat the same team twice in a season.

“Without a doubt that’s a hard thing to do,” Cross said. “The extra incentive goes to them. ... It’s going to be a game of who makes the least amount of mistakes. The team that comes out on top will be the team that turns the ball over the least.”

Cross saw the film of GlenOak’s win last week. He watched Fannin run past a defender and Hartline throw a perfect 40-yard touchdown pass in a dark stadium on a muddy field.

“Against us the first game, they dropped some balls they normally catch,” Cross said. “They’re playing Fannin on offense more and Mayle is coming into his own. Hartline is running the ball more, so now they have two threats (with running back B.J. Penn) in the backfield.”

What high school football fans have in Saturday night’s game is the two most talented big-school teams in Stark County. When it’s over, and it may take a while, someone is among the final eight Division I teams in the state.

“We’re on uncharted ground now at GlenOak,” said Rose, sporting a new buzz cut compliments of his co-captains at a Thursday afternoon pep rally. “We’ve never been this far. We’ve told them once you get through the first round, anything can happen. ... For us, it’s coming together at the right time. If we stay injury-free, we have a chance, and it will go down to the wire.”
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