GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cortez Hartzog is a man among young men. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds the Admirals senior defensive lineman has the size to play and excel in the next level.
Hartzog said, " I just want to play college football. I love this game and playing college football has been a big part of my life and it's what I want to do for my future.
Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette are highly interested in signing Hartzog in February.
Gulfport head coach Mike Justice says four players he coached in the past not only made an impact in the college ranks, they made it all the way to the NFL.
He's one of those guys. I've got four playing up there now that played for me before and they're still up there, " Justice explained. "He's the guy of guy that can do that. Proto-type. He's got the height and the size and the speed and the agility. He's a good guy, makes good grades."
Hartzog added, "That's one thing we've been talking about, buckling down in the classroom. Getting my grades up and making a better ACT score. That's a big part of it, what coach Justice is instilling in all of us."
In 2009 Hartzog made over 50 tackles. Coach Justice says Hartzog is a big-time player and believes 15 to 20 colleges will keep an eye on his talents during the season. Hartzog is thankful for all the attention he's been receiving.
Hartzog stated, "It's an honor. Glad that I've been given this opportunity and I'm very proud of the all the accomplishments."
Hartzog and his Gulfport Admiral teammates open the 2010 season at Vicksburg Friday night.