UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Senior wide receiver Nathan Hartline (Cassopolis, Mich.) had the privilege of attending Saginaw Valley State University's football pro day this week and turned a few heads in the progress. Hartline set several records at Adrian College and ranks second all-time in receiving touchdowns with 16, which he accomplished during his junior and senior seasons. He also ranks third in receiving yards (1,790), fourth in receptions (103), fifth in yards per catch (17.3) and sixth in receptions per game (3.3).
"Coach (Billy) Keenist has helped me try and find a good location and he thought SVSU was the best place to attend a pro day. I am really pleased with what I did in front of scouts. I just wanted to create a buzz and see what happens from here. My goal is to see if I can catch on with a professional team," said Hartline who was named First Team All-MIAA this season.
Hartline was part of a pro day that featured 20 NCAA Division II players and showcased his ability. He had the best vertical leap at the pro day reaching 37.5 inches. He also had the best broad jump with an impressive 10.5 feet. He ran the shuttle drill in 11.8 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times. The heads really turned when he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash which to put in perspective Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota ran a 4.52 at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
"It was really special to see Nate perform well at SVSU's Pro Day. He represented Adrian College and small college football players very well. He has God-given skills that I've had the pleasure to witness in practice and games over the years. If he keeps working hard, I have no doubt he can reach his goal of playing professional football," said assistant coach Billy Keenist.
The list of scouts attending pro day included the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. In addition, scouts from the Canadian Football League were on hand.