RECRUITING: QB Haden gets offer from Gators

It's no shock that Joe Haden's recruiting stock is on the rise. However, most thought his scholarship offer count wouldn't eclipse ten until after the combine season.

(Joe Haden Profile)

"He's in double figures now [with scholarship offers]," said Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly head football coach Marcus Berry. "Pitt, Georgia Tech, Florida, Marshall, Rutgers, UConn, Virginia, North Carolina, Temple – those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head."

Haden, a 5-foot-11 185-pound athlete, has been timed as low as 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.25 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. He also possesses a 37-inch vertical.

Despite his overall athletic ability and size, Haden is being recruited for quarterback or an athlete with a strong emphasis on quarterback.

"Almost everybody has offered him as a quarterback," said Berry. "Pitt offered him as an athlete. Florida offered him as an athlete. We already know the bigger schools are going to offer him as an athlete, but they all said they will give him an opportunity to play quarterback."

While Haden hasn't eliminated any school from contention, the relationship he has built with three coaching staffs has them in a very good position for the freakish athlete.

"He's wide open," said Berry. "He has a really good relationship with Virginia's coaches – Coach Al and Mike Groh, and Coach [Anthony] Pointdexter. We've been to their camp the past two years. And then they had their very first seven-on-seven tournament last year, and we won it. So they know him well, and they seen him a lot. He's developed a pretty good relationship with them and has a good relationship with Marques Hagans – I know they call each other a lot. So Virginia, as far as relationships are concerned, is probably the frontrunner right now.

"But, he really likes Florida. He's developing a really good relationship with Coach [Billy] Gonzales. They text each other a lot – he says almost every day.

"And the same thing with [Luke] Fickell at Ohio State [they text each other].

"I know the one thing he's attracted to, is places that have given black athletic quarterbacks that are not the biggest guys an opportunity to play quarterback. He keeps telling me about that. Like Virginia because they have Marques Hagans, Georgia Tech because they have Reggie Ball, Florida because they have Chris Leak, Ohio State because they have Troy Smith, places like that, because they've basically given guys that are really good athletes a chance to play quarterback."

Haden has spent the last few weekends traveling to various junior days – Miami, Maryland, and Rutgers. He is planning future trips to both Virginia and Pittsburgh.

As a junior, Haden completed 102-of-155 passes (66%) for 1,959 yards and 22 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He also rushed for 478 yards and six touchdowns on 52 carries.

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