Haupt byepasses camps

Army is looking to the San Joaquin Valley to bolster their linebacking corps. An offer was extended to Hayden Haupt to Clovis North High School in Fresno, Calif., after a visit from Army linebacker coach Jovan Dewitt. It was the 6-foot-2, 210-pound defender's second offer after Colorado State offered just a few weeks ago. Haupt spoke with ArmySports.com on his summer recruiting activities.

"Coach Dewitt came down on their evaluation day," Haupt said. "They can only talk so much so we just exchanged pleasantries. When I was able to speak to him again on the phone he offered. This happened just last week. He said that he liked my work ethic, that I'm fast to the ball, and thought I'd fit well in the program. The didn't specify outside or inside linebacker. I've always played outside but this year I'm moving to inside and I told him that, but he really didn't say anything other than they want me to come play linebacker.

"Honestly, I think there's a great opportunity there at West Point for me. Army is more than just an offer, in my opinion. It's about the aftermath that the academy will have on your life and the commitment you make to serve. It's a unique offer and a unique opportunity not many kids get to have. Right now I'm not sure where I'll end up. I'm looking for the best place to play football for the next four or five years of my life with great coaches."

Haupt says he's receiving recruiting attention from most of the Pac-12 schools with Cal, Colorado, and Washington State showing the most interest. He said, however, that he will let his game doing the talking in the fall instead of going to summer one-day camps.

"In mid-summer I'm going to visit the schools showing me the most interest and save a couple to visit in the fall," he said. "My theory is that if I play well and have a big senior season then recruiting will come. It's a process of me finding the place I feel the most comfortable. I want to play as quickly as possible. And I'm going to ask all of the coaches, "hey, tell me how I fit in your system?'."

At Clovis North, Haupt became a starter as sophomore and said he really "blew up" that season with 14 sacks and first team All-State honors. He followed it up with more than 100 tackles and eight sacks as a junior on a team that finished second in the Valley to Bakersfield. This year's team features standout defensive players like Jacob Daniel (committed to USC), Bolu Olorunfunmi (committed to UCLA), and Noruwa Obanor. Weston Hatcher, an all-purpose back, has been offered by Air Force.

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