Bonne Terre, Mo. (North County HS)
The Particulars --Was moved to quarterback as a senior due to injuries, and led team to an 11-1 finish, suffering its only loss in the state quarterfinals in Class 4 ... threw for 2,053 yards and 22 touchdowns, and ran for 611 yards and six scores ... made 102 stops from his linebacker position, including two sacks and two interceptions ... also kicked PATs ... first-team all-state pick on the defensive side of the ball ... also named all-conference and all-district ... named Southeast Missouri Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year ... team advanced to the state quarterfinals his junior year, finishing 10-2 ... caught four touchdowns and was named all-conference tight end as a junior ... also made 70 tackles ... finished career with 255 tackles ... ranked among Rivals' Top 50 tight ends ... SuperPrep all-Midlands team ... verbally committed to ISU in December 2003, after his junior season ... coached by Steve AuBuchon ... four-year letterwinner ... team was 36-8 in his four seasons, with three playoff appearances ... also earned four letters in track and one in basketball ... all-conference track selection ... two-time KTJJ Blue Collar Player of the Week (basketball) as a junior.
Seals' Scouting Report – The fact he committed during his junior season took Haase off several recruiting lists and limited his fanfare. Don't read too much into his ranking, as ISU defensive coaches said he could be the best defensive freshman to sign.
ISU defensive coordinator John Skladany on Haase – "He's one of the real pluses for the whole class. He's a big athlete that's physical and can run. A.J. has played receiver, quarterback, linebacker, and has a great future here. That's exactly what we're looking for here – physical athletes that we can plug into different spots. I'm going to probably start him at MIKE backer."
Short-term outlook – The Cyclones appear relatively set in the two-deep at MIKE linebacker with Tim Dobbins and Matt Robertson. However, they do lack proven depth in the linebacking corps as a whole, which certainly gives Haase a chance at finding a role as a true freshman. Haase's emergence could also enable coaches to move the versatile Robertson to WILL if needed.