We've got just 37 days until kickoff. It just so happens that #37 on the Bronco roster is safety Cameron Hartsfield, so look how that all worked out!
#37, Cameron Hartsfield, Junior, S
Weight: 196 lbs. (+10)
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.
Worked for this guy...and their names are similar enough for me to not try that hard.
Former Boise State LB Daron Mackey
Appeared in 12 games for the Broncos in 2015, making 3 tackles (one for loss) and logging a pass break-up. 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.
Believe it or not, Hartsfield has appeared in 26 games over the last two seasons. The fact that he only has 12 tackles to show for it is really not the point. Well, it may be A point, but certainly not one to belabor when you're searching high and low for experienced depth in the defensive secondary. Hartsfield, a junior, is now one of the elder statesman in the safety pool, and regardless if he's been a starter yet, that's exactly what we need.
Normally, at this time we'd be guessing as to the make up of the Boise State depth chart, but thanks to the MWC media days leakage, we have a pretty good understanding of what it will at least look like going into fall camp. Currently, Hartsfield sits right behind presumed starter Dylan Sumner-Gardner at the strong safety position, heretofore known as the "boundary safety" position or "BS" for short if you are immature like I am. This distinction for Hartsfield is made all the more important because Boise State may be without the services of DSG (and Chanceller James) for game one. I have no inside knowledge to suggest either is facing any game suspensions beyond their already internal punishments, but if they do, I think an game one band-aid tear would be better than facing WSU without starters in the secondary. Harsin was non-committal about either players' punishments at media days, but worst-case scenario, punishments-wise, I think Hartsfield is your game one starter. I'm eager to see what Hartsfield can do given a bit more playing time and I think he's certainly ready for a larger role. Even without a suspension or injury scenario playing out, I think Cam should be a vocal leader among the relatively young DB group this year and represent a set of fresh legs for Andy Avalos to do with what he will, scheme-wise. If he doesn't see legitimate time this year at boundary safety, well...that's "BS".
Is he on Twitter?
The Lord is coming soon— Cam Hartsfield (@camharts21) July 8, 2016
Yes, and apparently Kellen Moore will be in town in the near future.
Completely made up fact
Cameron wrote a pilot for an NBC sitcom called "Hartsfeld". It's a show about 4 middle-aged football players living in the big city and frequenting the same deli. "It's a show about nothing", Hartsfield told NBC president Russell Dalrymple—who seemed unimpressed.