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Interest rises for ATH Melvinson Hartfield

10/24/2012

Melvinson Hartfield (Dallas/South Oak Cliff) is one of those players who has proved to be beneficial in multiple positions. In seven games, he has lined up as a cornerback, safety, outside linebacker, slot receiver and outside receiver.

Where is he most comfortable?

“Wherever the coaches want me,” said Hartfield, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete. “I just go out and get things done.”

Hartfield’s primary position at South Oak Cliff is at cornerback, but because of his size and 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, he is versatile enough to be effective all over the defense. He hasn’t been a major offensive threat, but he does have 8 catches for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he’s averaging more than 27 yards per catch.

New Mexico State and Utah State have shown interest as of late, and North Texas and Texas Tech have been in contact in previous weeks. Hartfield said he’s getting more looks as a receiver.

“I feel like I can play all over the field. I’m an all-around athlete,” he said. “I can run the ball or run the ball back. It doesn’t matter.”

Hartfield’s play has helped SOC to a 7-0 record, one of the program’s best records in a decade.