"I want to play for a program that is known for producing safeties and for coaches who really know what they are doing," he said. "I don't plan on making a decision until after the season because I want to see as much as I can. I'll take all of my visits for sure."
Hadley didn't attend any camps during the summer and the only schools he's already visited are South Florida, Florida and North Carolina. The Tar Heels were Hadley's first offer in March.
"They have a real beautiful campus," he said. "The academics there are great and they are known for being a sports school. They have a great basketball team and the football program is coming up. I love Chapel Hill. It's just a nice place to walk around and hang out."
He says that distance will not be a factor, so the fact that South Florida is only about 10 miles away doesn't help the Bulls chances.
Although Florida State hasn't offered him, he admits that the 'Noles were his favorite team growing up. "I liked all the players they had like Peter Warrick, Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn. They always had great players.
"Florida State was recruiting me a little at one point, but they really aren't anymore," he said.
While the 'Noles aren't recruiting Hadley, their in-state rival Gators have already offered him. "Florida is always a top team," he said. "They get good exposure there and it's a big-time program. They get their players drafted."
Another school whose tradition of great players impresses Hadley is Michigan. "They have great tradition too," he said. "They always have good defensive backs and I liked guys like Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard. They always have their players highly drafted and I like the new coaches. They seem nice and I definitely plan to take a visit there this fall."
Haldey doesn't have any official visits set yet, but is planning to visit both Georgia and Auburn unofficially in August. "I like how Georgia has a good defense every year and has good defensive players," he said. "They have a great program and I especially like the coaches a lot. I have a good relationship with all of them already."
He's also excited about the Dawgs' prospects this season. "They should do real good this season," Hadley said. "They have everything they need to put together a strong season."
Auburn is another school whose defense impresses Hadley. "They have a great defense," he said. "The recruiting coordinator (Greg Knox) is great and I feel we have a good understanding. We talk a lot and he says that I'll love it there when I come visit them."
Hadley, ranked as the No. 43 safety in the country by Scout.com, finished his junior season with 94 tackles, three fumbles caused, three fumbles recovered and three interceptions. He helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and a spot in the regional finals.
"I'm a hard hitter and can make plays when the ball is in the air," he said. "I can cover a lot of ground and move well from left to right. I'm a good solid tackler, but I still want to improve my man-to-man coverage. I also want to work on my footwork and have been doing a lot of one-on-one drills."
Hadley says he can bench press 300-pounds and squat 365. He also claims a 34-inch vertical and a 4.45 forty. With speed being a strength, Hadley also runs track (10.7100m, 22.4 200m). "I think I'll only play football in college," he said.
He reports a 2.6 core GPA and an 18 ACT.