If there was category of "forgotten man" this recruiting season, the name of A.J. Haas, the offensive tackle from Copley High School, would have to be near the top of the list. Haas, once rated as the 16th best prospect in the state by Ohio High, was mentioned as prominently as Alex Boone at one time among offensive line prospects in Ohio.
"I think everything is going pretty good. I've been getting a lot of letters like usual," Haas said. "That's basically it."
Haas hasn't been seen anywhere on the camp circuit at all, nor has he been a visitor to any college campuses.
"I've been busy with my job and conditioning for football," he said. "I haven't had any time for that at all."
And he hasn't any scholarship offers as of yet either, but he is hoping to land some soon.
"Right now, I'm thinking about college, but not as much as I'm thinking about our season," Haas said. "I'm kind of holding back on that now. I'll let my season talk for me."
He's still hoping to attract the attention of some of the big-time college programs in his senior campaign.
"I'd like to go somewhere big," Haas said. "I don't know where yet, but I'm hoping that it's somewhere big. I want to play on the next level for sure. I've been looking forward to it ever since I knew I was going to play as a freshman in high school."
Haas has built an impressive resume at Copley in his first three years at the school. He's started every game on offense at strong tackle as a freshman and sophomore and missed just one start in his junior year due to an injury.
"I can tell you there is no defensive end that can get around me or outrun me side-to-side," said the 6-feet-6 Haas who has bulked up to 290 pounds this off-season and has worked hard on keeping his quickness that he believes is one of the best parts of his game. "I'm one of the quickest tackles, I hope, side-to-side. And I can run block equally as well. I play the strong tackle, which is mainly the one we run behind."
To this point, Haas has no favorite school in particular, but he has an ambitious top group of schools in his sights. He intends to take all five official visits before making any decision.
"I like Ohio State of course, because I'm from Ohio. And then I like Notre Dame, Penn State and Michigan. After that it's up for grabs," he said. "I may be making a couple of visits during the season when I do have time, and then after the season is when I'm going to be making most of my visits."
Haas, who has been clocked at 5.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and owns a 325 pound bench press, has a 3.23 GPA and he scored a 21 on his ACT.