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Boise State numerical roster countdown 2015: Day 37, Cameron Hartsfield

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The Hart of the matter

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We've got just 37 days until kickoff. One of the #37 jerseys on the roster—Ryan Wolpin—has already been highlighted, and the other gets the OBNUG treatment today. Ladies and gentlemen—Cameron Hartsfield

#37, Cameron Hartsfield, Sophomore, FS

Stats

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 186 lbs.

High School: Allen High School, Allen, TX

How'd he get to The Blue™?

By way of Texas Reno. Yeah, Hartsfield nearly made the terrible mistake of signing with Nevada-Reno after giving them a verbal commitment a week before taking an official to BSU (coincidentally, former Cal commit AJ Richardson was on the same trip). Clearly, Hartsfield realized he'd made a huge mistake and flipped to the Bronco column. Hartsfield had 100 tackles for the 5A Texas State Champion Eagles as a senior in 2012 and also blocked six punts. He was named the MVP of the title game after recording 9 tackles and a 56-yard fumble recovery. Hartsfield also made the all-district first-team in 2012. Hartsfield chose the Broncos over offers from Nevada (natch), Stephen F. Austin, and UTSA.

Nickname

"Field general"

Because the word "field" is in his last name and because I've hopelessly run out of ideas!

Look-a-like

Mackey

Former Bronco linebacker Deron Mackey

Career highlights

Saw action in all 14 games for the Broncos in 2014. 2012 Texas State title game MVP. All-District first-teamer. 2012 District runner-up in 200m.

2015 prospectus

The Bronco secondary was much improved a season ago and should again be one of the (many) strengths of the Boise State defense. Despite that overall strength, the safety position is still a bit on the young side when it comes to depth and the Broncos will need to develop some guys this Fall to make sure the cupboard is well-stocked. Yesterday's first installment of the team depth chart shows Hartsfield currently as the #2 free safety behind senior—and All-MWC performer—Darian Thompson. Hartsfield, who came in primarily as a corner, is much like Thompson when it comes to skillset...he has the speed to roam the secondary as the last line of defense, and also the man-coverage ability to press receivers. The only thing missing for Hartsfield is production. Last season, Hartsfield saw action in all 14 of the Broncos games, but only notched 9 total tackles—5 of which were against Colorado State. Of course, Hartsfield hasn't had many big opportunities to contribute on defense thus far, and may not until Thompson, Maston and Deayon's depature at season's end. I can see Hartsfield providing solid back up for Thompson this year and then in 2016 being a viable option at sundry positions in the defensive secondary. He could slide into the vacated free safety spot in a year's time or James and Sumner-Gardner could divide and conquer at FS and SS and Hartsfield could work his way into the CB or nickel rotation. As far as this year goes, Hartsfield can and will be a valuable member of the Broncos special teams attack—and hopefully will pick up where he left of in high school when he blocked six punts as a senior.

Is he on Twitter?

I can't stress enough that he is.

Completely made up fact

Hartsfield has watched The Karate Kid 57 times but Johnny Lawrence still has yet to win the All Valley Karate Championship. Personally, I think it was rigged as well.