Willie Haulstead is a classic central Florida player. The athletic wideout had a decent junior season as he reeled in 44 catches for 635 yards and 13 scores. At this time he has one offer, but several schools have shown interest. "Recruiting has been going the same as it has been. FSU offered me last week, so that is my only offer. Miami, Florida, UCF, USF, FIU, South Carolina and Georgia Tech have been sending me mail and stuff," explained Haulstead.
Right now Willie says he is as open as a prospect can be, He says he is interested in FSU, and that they are among his top 5-6 schools that he likes at this time. He talks about his list:
Miami: "They were my favorite school as a kid."
Florida: "They are going to be a good team for the next few years."
LSU: "They are another good team and they spread the ball around."
Oregon: "They spread the ball around and they are a nice little town if I wanted to get away from Florida."
FSU: "I'm interested in them. They are up there on my list."
West Virginia: "I like their offense."
Willie is a big receiver that fits the mold of Florida playmakers that have come out of the state over the last 5 years. Guys like Dwayne Bowe and Aldarius Johnson are big-bodied wide-outs that can make plays all over the field. Haulstead is a guy that fits that mold. He said, "I'm 6'3" and 203 pounds right now. Last year I ran a 4.37 at Florida's camp. I think I have good hands and I am physical. With my size I am fast and I run well. When I get the route running and blocking down, I'll be good."
Willie is a kid who doesn't say too much, but as most receivers he is looking for an offense that passes the ball a lot and an overall good program. Additionally, he wants to be a veterinarian, so the school of his choice must offer that as a major.
Don't look for a decision from this talented playmaker anytime soon, as he says, "I'm not looking to commit right now. I want to look at the schools and go through the process." Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Willie and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.