Drew Hartlaub was born and raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He attended South Western High School in Hanover where he played running back for the football team and was a team captain during his senior season. Hartlaub also ran on the track team, finishing 12th in the state championship meet in the 100-meter dash.
He grew up in the shadows of the great Utz Potato Chip factory. The 600,000 square-foot facility in tiny Hanover is to potato chip fans what Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is to those who have a sweet tooth. I would probably end up like Veruca Salt if I ever toured the facility; unable to stop myself from eating my way through the place, blowing up like a massive kettle chip. Gradma Utz, temptress of the salty treat!
The redshirt freshman is listed as a safety, at 5’11 and 180 pounds. It will take a great deal of hard work and a couple of fortunate breaks for Hartlaub to see the field for Penn State with any type of regularity. The team is stacked at safety for the coming seasons. That didn’t deter Hartlaub from walking on to the team, participating in all of the team meetings, workouts, and other functions. Hartlaub goes to class, carries himself appropriately, and does all of the necessary things that the more highly-touted players do.
While he may not get mentioned during the broadcast on Saturdays, he is there with his teammates seven days a week, working hard to make the team better.
Hartlaub also has a very unique talent. He can jump out of water!
I’ve been watching Penn State football dating back to the 1980’s and I can say one thing with relative certainty. Not since Dakota Royer has Penn State had a player with such an impressive aquatic vertical.
Just 37 days until kickoff!