Florida State's recruiting class has gotten off to a great start. Willie Haulstead is one of the top playmakers in the 2009 class and adds to the reloading of talented players the coaches at Florida State are doing. Willie committed to FSU in May. The commitment came out of left field, but it was a decision the coaches and fans have been excited about since. On Saturday the 4-star commitment made his first visit to FSU when he participated in the annual Seminole Showtime camp.
"The visit was very good," said Haulstead. "It was my first time there and I think it was amazing. I didn't get much of a chance to tour the campus and see the facilities but I had a good time participating in the camp and working with the former players."
Willie told NoleDigest that getting the chance to work with former greats Lawrence Dawsey, Peter Warrick and Anquan Boldin. He said he learned a lot from them and enjoyed getting a chance to work with his future position coach.
"I really liked working with Coach Dawsey," explained Haulstead. "He was showing me some attention and working with me. Peter Warrick and Anquan Boldin were trying to coach me up and telling me that being physical like I am is going to help me on the next level. They were saying how you can be physical all day with the corner and they'll eventually fold and stuff like that. The whole experience was good for me."
According to Haulstead a few other things about the camp stood out to him, namely meeting Coach Bowden and going up against some good competition.
"I got a chance to meet Bobby Bowden for the first time," expressed Haulstead. "Mainly we just talked about my commitment and my how I did in my spring game. He said that he thinks I'm ready for college football because I was making plays and did so well."
"Also it was cool going up against the competition," continued Haulstead. "I think I did okay because I dropped a few catchable balls so I want to work on that more. One guy that really stood out was Dre Kirkpatrick. He is skinny but he's tall and can cover really well. Usually I have a big size advantage but with him he was able to match my size. I was stronger than him but his height allowed him to make plays. I've never gone up against someone who uses their hands like he does."
The biggest question coming off the weekend is did the visit make Willie's commitment more firm? Some think his recruitment is not over yet and that a school may be able to come in and pull him away from the Seminoles. Willie says the visit did its job, and that he still will take some visits in the fall.
"I would say it firmed it up," Haulstead said about the commitment. "I liked seeing the atmosphere. I knew they had it but it was nice to see in person. I loved how the campus looks and that the housing isn't too far away from the field. The girls were nice too (chuckles). I'm still going to check out Auburn, USF and Georgia because I like how they play in bowl games every year. I have to say though that those schools have a lot of work to do. I know I want to be a Seminole and that I'm going to sign with FSU."
The high school football season gets underway soon and Willie is now going to turn his attention to getting ready for the season. Haulstead is primed for a huge senior season as he's one of the best the state has to offer for 2009. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Willie's senior season, and follows his recruitment until he signs in February.