December 9, 2010
Hartsfield set to visit Tech
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy outside linebacker Terrell Hartsfield will be making an official visit to West Texas this weekend, and although he committed back in March, this will be his first trip to Lubbock.
"I'm looking forward to the visit and I'm anxious to see what it's like since it will be my first time there," Hartsfield said. "I'm wanting to check out the facilities and the campus. I've never gotten to see the weight room, practice fields, or the stadium in person. I just want to get a feel for the town and see what they're all about out there."
Hartsfield has been recruited by assistant coach Robert Prunty and that relationship was the largest factor in the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder's decision to be a Red Raider.
"I met Coach P at a combine my junior year, and so that was my original connection to come to Hargrave my senior year. When he went to Tech he showed Coach Tommy Tuberville my film, and they reached out to me and I was down from the start," he said. "I trust Coach P as much as I trust anybody. He's always got his players' best interests in mind and I knew it was the same way with me. If it wasn't for Coach Prunty, it would've definitely not been as easy to commit without ever visiting, but I trust that man with everything."
Since Hartsfield had never been to the South Plains, he had to trust Prunty's assessment of the surrounding community and the people within it. It turned out to be something Hartsfield felt like would fit his tastes.
"I'm a laid back guy and I know people in Texas are supposed to be pretty easy-going. I'm also big on family and that type of environment," he said. "When Coach P was recruiting me, he was telling me a lot about how easy it is to feel at home there. He said it's a big city, but it has a small-town feel to it. I know it's a football town, like most of Texas, and that the fans are all about the Red Raiders."
"With every school I've gone to and had a chance to be around, there's had to be a family atmosphere and that's definitely something I'm looking for from Tech. I haven't gotten to see it for myself yet, but everything that I've heard so far makes me think that's what I'll find there. I'm looking forward to being a part of the Red Raider family."
Hartsfield committed to Texas Tech in March. He was also shown interest by East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest.
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