We may technically be in a "dead period" but Ole Miss got some big crootin news on Tuesday afternoon. Four-star defensive back Myles Hartsfield announced on Twitter that he's committing to the Rebs.
#HottyToddy #LandShark pic.twitter.com/hbuiUa57sz— Myles Hartsfield (@_Lil_Smooth) December 16, 2015
The 6'0, 195-pound cornerback/wide receiver from Parlin, N.J. chose to commit to Hugh Freeze and Co. over UCLA and Boston College. Hartsfield also had offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia.
Hartsfield was originally committed to Penn State as a high school senior before he became the focal point of an ugly hazing scandal at Sayreville War Memorial High. Seven players on the team were arrested for charges ranging from hazing to simple assault, though names were never released because they were minors. The school's season was cancelled, James Franklin yanked the scholly offer and Hartsfield ended up playing a year of prep school in Massachusetts.
How does he fit in?
Although I personally believe he will find himself in Jason Jones' room as a defensive back, Hartsfield can also be dangerous with the football in his hands. At East Coast Prep, he had over 200 yards receiving, four touchdown receptions and a 22.2 yards-per-catch average. On defense, he collected 29 tackles, seven pass break-ups and two interceptions.
The main weapons in Hartsfield's arsenal are his speed and athleticism. As a junior on Sayreville High's track team, he was on the first-place 4x100 relay squad, recorded the third highest triple jump in state history and won the long jump with a leap of 23-3¾, all of which earned him First-Team All-State. His legit Power 5 speed will help him keep up with SEC receivers on the back end and at 6'0 with a vertical of 38", he'll be able to go up and battle with bigger receivers as well.
Speaking of bigger receivers:
@_Lil_Smooth welcome Home !!! Landsharks— Donte Moncrief (@drm_12) December 16, 2015