Malik Hartford

  • Pos S
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 194

Prospect Info

  • High School Lakota West
  • City West Chester, OH
  • Exp 2023 - ...

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Jersey #25
  • Class SO

As a Prospect

  • Class 2023
  • Committed 4/6/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 03/28/2022

Chris Singletary
Chris Singletary National Recruiting Expert


2-3 Round Day 2

Stands out with his measurables from a height standpoint with a frame to add mass. Encouraged by his growth potential once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program and how his overall physical make-up will evolve. Can add bulk to his upper body that should enable him to stay durable and to sustain and play at a high level. Possesses good as a linear playmaker at the back end.

Instinctive player who has the range to make plays all over the field. Possesses better-than-average speed. Nice acceleration enables to cover a lot of ground to make plays sideline to sideline. Lines up all over the field and is comfortable in any alignment, whether the deep middle, half-field, or lined up on the end of the LOS as a blitzer.

Patience in his peddle and doesn’t just run out of there. Keys the receiver and plays with good eyes and technique to determine how he needs to play the player along with whatever coverage they are playing. Sure tackler in either close quarters or coming from depth to make the play. Good change of direction and flips hips with ease while being very smooth in his transition.

Brings immediate value in the 2-deep as well as the special teams. Can see his instant value because he constantly shows up all over the film where he even has the ability to long-snap. High-ceiling prospect with plenty of developmental potential remaining in his game. Could become a multi-year starter and possible all-conference selection with an NFL future.

H.S. Athletic Background

Also plays lacrosse.
2021: Helped Lakota West to an 11-2 record and an Ohio Division I regional final. Starred at safety with 58 tackles, two INT, and one sack and blocked six kicks.

Sources Tell Us

“He’s athletic as all get-out, there’s no question about that. He’s 6-foot-3, maybe just a tad under, he’s long, he is so fast and athletic, covers a lot of ground, and he is so smart. He is really an intelligent kid, takes high-level classes, takes AP course loads, but from a football standpoint, like special teams he’ll come off and either by watching film or pace of the game, he’ll say I’ve got the nuance in terms of the long-snapper, his head-bob, whatever, he blocked so many kicks. It’s just small things like that that make him really, really good. He covers a lot of ground in a short period of time.” - Lakota West head coach Tom Bolden

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