"We didn't come out well, we had a bad week of practice," Haley admitted. "We didn't come out as hard as we need to."
Even with a rough stretch for Lovett – losers of two straight – Haley remains optimistic going forward because of his gauge and qualities as one of the teams leaders.
"I think most of the team looks up to me, even some of the seniors," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior. "I have a lot of leadership, talent and ability. I like to lead the team; it's just one of my qualities as a person. "
The attributes translate to good play on the field – which of course translates to recruiting. He already has one big-time offer in the bag.
While Haley is shifty and impactful with the ball in his hands as a tailback or returner; most college coaches are projecting him on the other side of the ball at this point.
"The main position I'm going to play in college if I play is cornerback and maybe help out on punt return and kick return – just like an athlete," he said.
As is the case with young players, the first offer has made an impression on Haley enough to consider the Gators on top at the moment.
"Florida is definitely the leader right now. Ever since I was a kid, I was watching Florida," he said. "I just want to be able to make my own decision, but hopefully more offers can come in."
Haley will continue to pursue new looks with good game tape and by attending college games. He said he will visit Florida on October 20 and may see Alabama or Georgia this upcoming weekend. As for last weekend, he took in the LSU – Auburn slugfest.
Said the 2014 prospect, "It was pretty exciting and a very good game. I went into the locker room after the game, but didn't have the chance to meet with the coaches or players."
With his apparent rise in the eyes of SEC coaches, FOX Sports NEXT will continue to track Haley as he continues in the recruiting process.