Anthony Wayne senior punter Jake Hartbarger commits to Michigan State

9/26/2013
BLADE STAFF
Anthony Wayne High School kicker Jake Hartbarger was weighing offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo.
Anthony Wayne High School kicker Jake Hartbarger was weighing offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo.

Anthony Wayne senior punter Jake Hartbarger has committed to Michigan State University.

Hartbarger.
Hartbarger.

The 6-foot-4 and 196-pound Hartbarger also was weighing offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo.

Last fall Hartbarger averaged 41.5 yards per punt. He also pinned opponents inside their 20 yard line on 10 kicks. He had a long of 62 yards along with five boots of 55 yards and three of 52.

Hartbarger has been chosen to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2 in Orlando. He earned an all-district and All-NLL first team honors and was selected to the All-Blade team last fall.

Hartbarger is ranked as the No. 2 high school punter in the country by Kohl’s Kicking recruiting service.

Hartbarger had planned to make official visits to Michigan State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Rutgers this month.

Anthony Wayne coach Craig Smith confirmed today that Hartbarger committed to Michigan State on Wednesday.

Hartbarger told The Blade earlier this month that the recruiting process has not been stressful.

“It's a great time,” he said. “They treat you like you are part of their family. I'm enjoying the process. It's something I'll always remember.”