Willie Haulstead committed to Florida State out of the blue, which left people wondering from the start just how firm the commitment to the Seminoles was. When he committed he told NoleDigest that he was still planning on taking visits. Recently there's been talk going around that he has opened up his recruitment to the point that he may not be considered a commitment anymore. According to Willie, that talk is what it is, talk.
"I'm still committed to Florida State," said Haulstead. "In fact my commitment is stronger than it has been. That article that came out wasn't true. I feel like Florida State is the right place for me."
Haulstead is the top recruit in the Space Coast this year. His combination of size and speed makes him a tough match for other teams, and so far he says he's found success on both sides of the ball.
"My season is going okay," stated Haulstead. "I've scored a few times on a 91 yard kick return and a 15 yard catch and run. People have been doubling me, but that's leaving other people open. We're 2-0 so I am happy. We can do better but I will take a win any day."
"On defense I have been doing well at cornerback," continued Haulstead about his senior year. "I have, like, 10 tackles but no interceptions yet. I like playing there because I like tackling and still being able to get my hands on the ball to make plays."
While Willie says his commitment is more firm then it has been, he does plan on taking visits to three other schools. A fifth school, at this time is still up in the air.
"I'm going to visit FSU, Michigan, South Carolina and Auburn. I was looking at Georgia too but I haven't heard from them. I've spoken to Coach Fisher, Coach Coley and Coach Dawsey at FSU and they want to get me up for some practices and a game, and they tell me how much they want me. Michigan, South Carolina and Auburn all pass the ball and I want to see them live on gameday. Right now I may wait until the season is over to take my visits."
In terms of the Seminoles, Haulstead has only been there once when he attended the annual Seminole Showtime Camp. He told NoleDigest that when he visits officially, his commitment could be secured.
"I'm a strong commitment," said Haulstead. "I'd say I am at 80% committed right now. I'm not signed so a school could change things, but I don't know what a school can do to do that. When I visit there my commitment probably will become a lot stronger."
Willie committed to FSU because of the relationship and the comfort he felt with the coaches. He has planned to take visits since his commitment, so nothing has changed in that regard. FSU is going to continue to show Haulstead the interest they've shown, and prove to him that he made the correct decision when he visits. Haulstead isn't 100% committed and has left the door open, but look for the coaches at FSU to not let arguably one of the state's top players get away.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Willie, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.