Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly is currently home to junior defensive back Jordan Haden. The name may ring a bell to those who follow the recruiting process.
Jordan Haden is just the latest in what has become a line of prospects from his family to take the recruiting world by storm. His brother Joe committed to Florida in 2007, and last year his brother Josh committed to Boston College.
Jordan was in Raleigh this past Saturday for NC State's game against Boston College. He made the trip for a couple of reasons. First, to watch one of his older brothers, and secondly, to check out what the Wolfpack has to offer. How did the trip go for the 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect?
"Well, I just received an offer from NC State," Haden said. "I got it when I went to the game to see my brother Josh. I got recruited by their coach a little bit.
"It was a good trip. I've seen a lot of college football but mostly at places like Florida. I didn't get to see too much, but it was fun. We just ate, walked around for a little bit and then went straight to the field. Then the game was going on. I talked to the head coach a little bit. My dad was talking to some of the other coaches while I was eating."
Haden is now up to 13 offers, many of which are from big-time programs. Schools like Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, NC State, North Carolina and others have extended scholarships. Miami was the latest to join that group.
Jordan admits that Florida is in a strong position right now. He said he believes he would fit in well as a safety in the Gators' defensive scheme. That said, he's keeping his options open. He plans on sitting down with his father after his football season and evaluating his options, including the possibility of making an early decision.
So far this year Friendly is off to a 4-1 start. Haden is being used in a variety of ways to take advantage of his unique skill set.
"Right now I'm doing real good," he said. "I'm averaging at least ten tackles a game. I'm starting at safety and I'm playing a little offense, too. In the offense we run I'm playing a little wide receiver and a little slot. We have another receiver that a lot of teams key in on so they put me on the other side to even it out. They'll put me at fullback so I can block and run a little. We'll have a split-back formation so I'll get a lot of tosses from that."