Gus Hartwig

Gus Hartwig poses with his family and Zionsville coaches Wednesday at his signing ceremony. Hartwig will attend Purdue to continue his education and football career.

ZIONSVILLE – Gus Hartwig has always done everything he could to become a better football player.

Whether is be asking for additional coaching as a middle schooler, or putting in extra time outside of practice, Hartwig would do it to become the best player he could be.

All of that hard work paid off for Hartwig, who officially signed with Purdue on Wednesday morning to continue his football career and education.

“It’s really nice knowing that I’m officially going to be there and the recruiting process is over,” Hartwig said. “I am going to be moving on to the next level and get there next month.”

Hartwig is a three-star recruit who is ranked in the top-5 overall in Indiana.

He had numerous offers from around the Midwest, but knew early that Purdue was the school for him.

“I really wanted to stay close to home, play in the Big Ten, be able to win and get a good education,” Hartwig said. “Those were the big things for me and Purdue fits all of those. I am excited to get on campus.”

Hartwig was named an All-American and will play in the All-American Bowl in January.

He also earned top-50 all-state honors by the IBCA and helped Zionsville rush for 170 yards a game this year and win a sectional championship.

“They really liked my athletic ability for my size and how I move,” Hartwig said. “They think I can fit in and play pretty early and help us win.”

Hartwig will graduate from Zionsville at the semester and enroll at Purdue for the spring term.

He said that he is looking forward to getting a chance to bond with his new teammates and adjust to college life before summer workouts start.

“I am excited to get there, meet the guys and shorten that learning curve for the summer,” Hartwig said. “I think that is going to help a lot as we get ready for games next year.”

Hartwig played at numerous spots on the line for Zionsville, but was mainly a center.

He said that is where he will start with at Purdue, but knows he could be asked to move around if needed. Hartwig added that he will use the spring to continue to improve some things to make sure he is ready for the next level.

“I am really going to try and focus on improving my speed and strength,” Hartwig said. “I really want to get honed in on the mental learning curve and the emphasis will be the running game, that will be the biggest change.”

When looking back at his time at Zionsville, Hartwig said he will have a lot of good memories from his time being an Eagle.

“I am going to remember the friendships I made, the people I met and the exciting games we have had over the years,” Hartwig said. “Winning sectional championships against Brownsburg and New Pal my sophomore and senior year, those are two of the most exciting games to play and I will always remember those.”

Hartwig said the he plans on majoring in something business related at the Krannert School of Business.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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