December 18, 2006

Decision pending for Florida 'backer?

Josh Hartigan has now taken official visits to NC State, Pittsburgh and most recently Colorado this past weekend.

With an opportunity to graduate from high school early, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker from Oakland Park, Fla., could be days away from making his college decision.

"I can't fit in any more official visits because this is my last week in school," he explained. "I'm planning on graduating early so I am going to have to make a decision between NC State, Pittsburgh and Colorado.

"If for some reason I don't end up committing to one of those schools, then I am going to end up staying in school for the rest of the school year and I would then take my last two trips.

"Michigan State came by my school recently but most of the other colleges backed off because they thought I was going to NC State. But I haven't really been in contact with NC State since the coaching change.

"Hopefully everything will work out and I will make a decision here real soon."

Defensive backs coach Greg Brown recruits the Sunshine State from the Buffaloes' staff.

"My trip to Colorado was okay, I liked it," Hartigan said. "Everything about it was pretty cool. The environment of the three schools I'm looking at is very different at each place. Colorado is in the mountains and very nice, Pittsburgh is in the city and NC State is pretty much in the open."

Earlier in the recruiting process, Hartigan also claimed scholarship offers from South Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Toledo, Akron, Colorado State, Florida International and Florida Atlantic.

Hartigan played in the Broward North-South County All-Star game last Thursday and he was also selected to participate in the Dade-Broward All-Star game which will be played on January 14th.

His father, Sterling Palmer, played defensive end and linebacker in college at Florida State.

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