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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Melvinson Hartfield commits to K-State

By Damon Sayles

Melvinson Hartfield (Dallas/South Oak Cliff) had offers from Eastern Kentucky and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but he was still looking for that first FBS offer. On Tuesday, Kansas State contacted him and offered.

Hartfield wanted to commit on the spot, but he took a night to think about the offer. His thoughts didn’t change the next day. In fact, they were even stronger for the Wildcats.

Hartfield made it official Wednesday morning, verbally committing to the Wildcats and achieving his dream of playing major conference college football. A 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete who has lined up all over the field for South Oak Cliff, Hartfield was recruited to play cornerback.

“When I got [the offer], I felt so good. I wanted to jump on it right then,” Hartfield said. “To be honest, I didn’t have to think about it for long. As soon as my coach told me, I knew I wanted to make it happen.”

Hartfield has played cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety and he also has shown his value on special teams. Hartfield, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, was recruited by receivers coach Michael Smith.

Hartfield said he was a fan of how the defense executed this year – a defense that helped the Wildcats win the Big 12 championship. He believes he can be a solid addition to the secondary – or wherever Kansas State wants to play him – as a freshman.

“I just love the way they operate,” Hartfield said. “They move well, and they love winning. The defense was clutch when it needed to be.

“I can definitely see myself playing there, even if it’s not on defense. If that’s where they need me, that’s where I’ll play.”

Hartfield is the 18th commitment for Kansas State’s 2013 recruiting class.