Senior Alonzo Saxton is one of a large group of standout athletes who have walked the halls at Hartley the last few years, and he secured part of his future in April when he verbally committed to play football for Duke.
At 5-11, 165, and with 4.85 speed, Saxton should develop into a fine player in the defensive backfield in college.
During his final prep season this fall, he also should find himself in a key role on offense, although preseason practices and scrimmages have done little to help the Hawks know the best way to utilize his talents. He could see time at running back, wide receiver or both.
Saxton didn't play in any of Hartley's scrimmages because of what coach Brad Burchfield called "pulled muscles."
He is expected to be in uniform for the Hawks' opener Aug. 30 at Amanda-Clearcreek, although it's uncertain what role, or how much, he'll play.
If the game gets out of hand quickly like it did last year when Hartley beat Amanda 42-0, don't be surprised if Saxton's action on the field is limited so as not to test his conditioning too much.
"We'll try to move him wherever we can to get him the ball," Burchfield said.