Kevin Haplea is rated as the 6th best tight end prospect on Scout.com. As a junior the North Hunterdon High standout caught 17 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and on defense he made 58 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and also had 12 sacks.
With 2 offers from Florida State and Louisville last week Kevin's total is now in the double digits. With the spring evaluation period here Haplea says more offers will soon be on the way.
"I picked up 2 offers this past week from FSU and Louisville," Haplea told NoleDigest, "so that puts me at 10 so far. Rutgers, Penn State, Pitt, USF, West Virginia, Miami, Syracuse and Purdue are the others who've offered. There are also a bunch of other schools evaluating me and they've said they may offer me soon. Those schools are Florida, LSU, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. A lot of them saw my film and the liked what they saw. Tennessee came and saw mw catch passes and work out, and Clemson is telling me that I am their number 1 target, but they want me to come down to make sure I am interested. I'm calling the LSU coaches tonight (Monday) and see what's up with them."
Coach Coley from FSU visited Kevin's school Monday to talk to his coaches. Kevin said he's talked to Coach Coley before and that he is interested in what the Seminoles have to offer.
"Before the visit today from Coach Coley I spoke to him after the offer came," said Haplea. "He was telling me about the university and where they are at with their offense and stuff like that. He seems like a great guy. He was telling me how they rarely like to go out of Florida but that tight end is a big need for them. He said as a freshman I'd have 2 juniors ahead of me, with one maybe moving to fullback. It was a pretty good conversation. Today he came to my school but I wasn't able to talk to him. I'm not sure what they talked about but I am going to talk to my coach tomorrow to see."
Even though the Seminoles just offered Kevin says that he intends on checking out FSU to see what they have to offer him.
"I'm definitely going to take a look at FSU now that they've offered me," said Haplea. "The first thing that comes to mind is that it's FSU. Then they have a lot of playing time available. FSU has a rich tradition with Coach Bowden so it'd be an honor to go play there. I was planning on going down to Florida in June to visit Miami and Florida, so now I will head to Tallahassee to check out FSU, too."
Kevin says that even though offers are starting to come in he is beginning the process of trimming his list down to schools he can realistically picture himself going to. Over the next few months he's going to take in some visits to see where he fits best.
"The recruiting process is tough because there a lot of places to look at," explained Haplea. "I'm starting to look at trimming my list a little bit and get rid of the schools I can't see myself going to. That is going to determine who is on my list. I don't have a top 5 but I do have schools that I am high on. I'm pretty sure of the schools I will be pushing aside here."
"I've been taking visits to schools like Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Syracuse," said Haplea. "Those visits were good and I got a lot done. They helped me in deciding who I will be keeping (on my list). I'm anxious to get down to Florida to check those schools out, as well as checking out Clemson and North Carolina."
Haplea is hoping to wrap up his recruitment before the end of his senior season. The school he chooses will have to have 3 attributes that he is looking for.
"I'm looking for a place that fits me overall," said Haplea. "By that I mean the campus lifestyle, the coaching philosophies and how they will develop me. That is why taking these visits are important. I'm not sure when the decision will be made, but I know I want to get it done so I can enjoy my senior year. It is going to be tough because there a lot of good choices, so it'll come down to whenever I feel it is right."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Kevin, as well as the rest of the 2010 targets for FSU's recruiting class.
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