A.J. Haase Padded Camp Q&A

Bonne Terre (Mo.) North County High standout A.J. Haase became the Cyclones' first commitment for the Class of 2005 last December, so his trip to Iowa State's padded camp this week was a different experience for the tight end/defensive end. CycloneNation.com caught up with Haase after Thursday afternoon's session for a question-and-answer session.

CN: Your outlook has to be somewhat different this year after committing to the Cyclones during your junior year.

Haase: It's a better feeling. I'm loving every minute of it. I love the coaches and I'm having a great time. I grew up pretty much in this camp, and have been coming here since fifth or sixth grade. I've never really had a doubt in my mind that I wanted to come to Iowa State to play football. I'm real happy coming around here and being with these guys. It kind of stinks that I have to wait another year to come up here.

CN: Which positions did you focus on in camp, and what were some areas you worked on?

Haase: I'm working at tight end and outside linebacker. At outside linebacker, I'm being a headhunter, and just going after the ball and taking people's heads off if I can. I love catching the ball and blocking at tight end. I love both positions and will play wherever they need me the most.

CN: How did you time out in the 40-yard dash?

Haase: It was a real slow track. I ran a 4.9 flat. My best has been a 4.63."

CN: What postseason honors did you get as a junior?

Haase: I earned all-conference and all-district."

CN: What programs have expressed more interest in you since your commitment to Iowa State?

Haase: Missouri has quite a bit. Kansas has given me a lot of attention. Oddly enough, Harvard has given me some interest. My ACT score was pretty good and my grades are up there. But I want to play in the Big 12, not the Ivy League. Iowa State's it for me. I'm not interested in any other programs.

CN: What were some reasons you decided to attend the Missouri camp?

Haase: I went with some buddies, because they wanted somebody. They knew that Missouri was going to notice me and be around me, so we had a defensive back that was a year younger than me that really wanted to get some attention. He wanted me to be there to introduce him to the coaches. It wasn't really anything like I wanted to be recruited by them.

CN: It looks like you and West Des Moines Dowling's Trent Flander are hanging out quite a bit.

Haase: We're real good friends. We met at the Iowa State camp last year. We've got a lot on common and hit it off. We play the same position on offense. We like to hang out."

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