Hugh Freeze raved about early enrollee Myles Hartsfield on Signing Day.
That hasn’t changed with spring drills, and safeties coach Corey Batoon has also had high praise for Hartsfield.
That’s good news since Batoon has two openings on the back end as Ole Miss works to replace free safety Trae Elston and strong safety (Rover) Mike Hilton.
The biggest take-away from a short conversation with Batoon yesterday was that Hartsfield “could play all five positions back there.”
That’s what Hilton did, and that’s why Hilton is the biggest loss in the secondary. The Rebels will miss Elston, an extremely experienced and physical player, but Hilton not only played every position in the secondary over the course of his career, he played every position last season.
He was a starter at Rover, then helped stabilize nickel back (Huskie) when Tony Conner went out and was playing corner at the end of the year.
Hartsfield – listed at 6-0, 190 — has turned heads with that kind of versatility. He’s playing Huskie right now. Several guys are getting work there as Conner is out for spring.
Hartsfield is a native of Sayreville, N.J., who played last season at East Coast Prep, where he was a four-star recruit and was ranked the No. 1 prep school safety by 247Sports.com.
“He looks like a guy that’s not out of high school but spent a year in prep school. Looks kind of similar to a junior college guy in terms of his maturity. He’s a physical kid. He’s put on some weight since he’s gotten here. He’s about 200 pounds. He has the coverage skills you want where he could possibly go back to corner if we need (that). He could play all five of the positions back there. He was a really good get for us,” Batoon said.