Haack recaps ASU Visit

Two BCS schools are vying for the services of 2013 West Des Monies punter Matt Haack. Iowa State received a visit from the Dowling High School player earlier in the summer and today Haack ventured to Tempe for the second time in the last 30 days to check out the Sun Devils.

"It was a great visit," Haack said of his time at Arizona State. "I got here early this morning and toured the facilities and campus, looked at the academics here and talked to the coaches. I was here at their camps last month but didn't get to meet Coach Graham. That was probably the highlight of my trip, meeting Coach Graham and getting to know him.

"I also talked to Coach Lorig, who I met before, but it was great talking to him and the other too."

If committed here, Haack would replace senior Sun Devil punter Josh Hubner, who did meet with Haack today. Sophomore kicker Alex Garoutte was another current player Haack talked to on his visit and he was able to give the ASU recruit a player's perspective on the program.

"We were asking him all kinds of questions and he just told us why he decided to come here," Haack said, "he also told us about some of the different things you can do around here, the coaches, the practices and also what kind of connections you make for your career.

"We also talked a lot about schooling."

Academics are indeed one factor that will aid Haack in his ultimate decision and he did admit that this factor did impress him on today's visit.

"I got to see the Honors College which is ranked number one in the nation," Haack described. "It was very nice and very interesting. Even though the campus is huge, whatever major you pick the buildings where you take your classes are all nearby each other."

The 6-1 185-pound Matt Haack, who also played wide receiver for his school, averaged close to 38 yards per punt as a junior, yet mentioned that his High School team often asked him to kick a rolling (aka Rugby) punt which naturally tend to be shorter than a traditional punt.

"Coach Loring said that he liked my big leg and athleticism (reported a 40-time of 4.6 seconds)," Haack commented. "He feels like I have a lot of upside. He said that I could tryout at wide receiver if I wanted to, but that's not a sure thing. "

Haack camped at Iowa State this summer as well and said while both schools are quite different, the visits were similar in nature. Being that the punter lives only some 40 miles from the Cyclones' campus it would appear that this school may have an advantage in his recruitment, yet Haack begs to differ.

"There are advantages and disadvantages for being close to home," Haack explained. "Actually I have family here (near ASU) too, so I know my parents would come up for games here. Either way, home isn't too big of a factor."

Relationship with coaches, including the strength and conditioning coaches ("I know I will be spending a lot of time with them"), team character and chemistry, and the future of the program are some of the aspects Haack will examine before his ultimate pledge.

Since both the aforementioned universities represent his only two BCS offers, Haack sees himself taking only these two programs in consideration as he plans to make his decision before the end of summer.

"I'm not looking for more offers and really haven't contacted too many schools about that," Haack stated. "I probably want to decide before my high school season starts."

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