May 1, 2007

Hartsfield makes impression at Combine

SNOW HILL, N.C. - Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast Raleigh linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield turned heads with his solid numbers at the Shrine Bowl Combine at Greene Central High School.

"I'm trying to make it into the Shrine Bowl and represent North Carolina," the 6-2, 208-pound Hartsfield said about his Combine performance, which included shuttle times of 4.57 and 4.64 seconds, 23 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press, vertical jumps of 32.6 and 32.5 inches, and 40-yard dash times of 4.79 and 4.81 seconds.

While Hartsfield has developed his body to play major college football--and he unquestionably passed the eye test at the Combine-he says that the weight gain he acquired in the weight room hurt his speed a little bit, and he is working to improve in that key area before his senior season.

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