Recruiting Analysis: Kevin Haplea

Kevin Haplea is becoming a rising star from the Northeast Region. The North Hunterdon Regional (NJ) Prospect has hauled in 7 FBS offers, including one from Rutgers and I can see why. His film displays athleticism, the willingness to block as well as solid receiving skills. SOR will break down his pretty impressive film in order to gather an opinion as to how he can help the Scarlet Knights.

Kevin Haplea is truly impressive on offense. At 6'4 230 lbs., he has effective size for the position and adequate body control for a player that size. He will likely fill out at least an aditional 10-15 good pounds and be an ideal sized hybrid H-Back/TE on the next level.

I get excited when I see a receiver with the guts to stick his nose in there and block. Not only does he block, but he immobilizes defenders off the edge and has the smarts to get to the second level when applicable.

It is truly a pleasure to run the football when you have a tight end who can consistently and effectively seal his defensive end either inside or out. When that occurs on a consistent basis, the beneficiary offense should be rendered unstoppable.

Haplea is definitely more than just a blocking back though. He appears to have soft hands and the ability to track the ball in the air in order to make the tough grab. This is a special skill that not many have mastered.

There was one clip where he was split out wide and made a fantastic play near the sidelines. Kevin had to come back to the football and dive to make the catch showing absolute athleticism. He also displyed the ability to move well when running down the field after receiving a screen pass and finishing it off with a Semi-Leonard Leap. I believe he will learn to do a better job of finding a vacated spot in the defense and opening up making himself a bigger target for the quarterback.

Defensively, although he displays the physical toughness and knowledge to play on the defensive side of the ball, he doesnt necessarily stand out as much as he does offensively. I would like to see him utilize his hands a bit more and become more proactive as oppossed to reactive.

Overall, I feel that Haplea is a tremendous prospect with a huge upside who would definitely be able to help the Knights offensively in the passing as well as running game. Take a look at the film below and formulate your own opinion.

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