Most Impactful Rebels for 2019: No. 18 Myles Hartsfield
OXFORD, Miss. — As we count down the days until the Ole Miss season opener against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl, we are releasing who we think the Top 50 Most Impactful Players will be for the Rebels this season. This series is a way for Ole Miss fans to learn more about players to keep an eye on this fall.
With 18 days before kickoff, coming in at No. 18…
Myles Hartsfield was a four-star prospect according to Scout and the No. 1 prep school safety by 247Sports when he signed with Ole Miss in the class of 2016. At East Coast Prep, he made 29 tackles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions before signing with the Rebels.
As a true freshman in Oxford, the Sayreville, N.J. native earned Freshman All-America third team honors per Athlon and Freshman All-SEC honors per Athlon and Gridiron Now. He started in all twelve games — 11 at Rover and one at Huskie — and notched 43 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup.
As a sophomore, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound Hartsfield played in all twelve games, making ten starts at defensive back and recording 42 tackles, three pass breakups, and two interceptions on the season.
Last season as a junior, he appeared in all twelve games, starting eight, en route to tallying 41 tackles and leading the team with seven pass breakups.
In the spring, Hartsfield was moved to cornerback where he spent most of his time helping the newcomers adjust to new defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre’s 3-4 defense. When fall camp began, Hartsfield was listed as the starter opposite of Keidron Smith and Jaylon Jones.
Last Friday after practice, Hartsfield — who has played at corner, nickel and the “shark” OLB spot — was asked about the differences in playing in the back end of MacIntyre’s 3-4.
“It’s more zone. You get more play-off coverage, not pressing every down, so the wide receiver can’t get a handle on what you’re trying to do,” Hartsfield explained.
“Playing corner, playing nickel, when you’re in man you’re in man. Much doesn’t change for us. You’ve got a little inside help with the nickel. It’s not much change,” Hartsfield added.
Hartsfield believes the defensive unit will be much-improved this season. “We practiced hard last year,” he commented.
“It was the little things last year that got us beat most of the time. We’re just ready and focused more this year.”
Hartsfield has been a consistent defensive back for the Rebels in his first three seasons in Oxford, and as a senior, we expect him to take on an even greater leadership role. Don’t be surprised to see more of the same type of production from the experienced senior defensive back in his final season at Ole Miss.
Watch out for No. 15 this fall!
Most Impactful Rebels for 2019
18. Myles Hartsfield
19. Dontario Drummond
20. Jon Haynes
21. Montrell Custis
22. Demarcus Gregory
23. Bryce Mathews
24. Royce Newman
25. Tylan Knight
26. Tariqious Tisdale
27. Octavious Cooley
28. Jalen Julius
29. Luke Logan
30. Nick Broeker
31. Austrian Robinson
32. Quentin Bivens
33. Willie Hibbler
34. Isaiah Woullard
35. Jadon Jackson
36. Grant Tisdale, Kinkead Dent, John Rhys Plumlee
37. Keidron Smith
38. Snoop Conner
39. Michael Howard
40. Vernon Dasher
41. Ryder Anderson
42. D’Vaughn Pennamon
43. C.J. Miller
44. Charles Wiley
45. Sincere David
46. Mac Brown
47. Jason Pellerin
48. Chandler Tuitt
49. Dannis Jackson
50. Jonathan Mingo
Derrell has covered Ole Miss athletics in the past for Rebels247 at 247Sports. He attended Delta State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He is currently pursuing his Pharm.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with an expected graduation of May, 2020.