Fort Lauderdale, Fla. defensive tackle, Kedonis Haslem was a highly sought after recruit for several programs across the country. The three-star product out of St. Thomas Aquinas high school held several impressive offers from programs such as Michigan, South Carolina, and West Virginia, amongst other Power Fives. However, during his visit on January 27, Haslem gave his verbal commitment to the Rockets and head coach, Jason Candle.
Haslem, the son of former NBA forward, Udonis Haslem, possesses his father's size at nearly six-four, 290 pounds. Haslem is seen as a defensive tackle at the next level but has also played offensive line in the past. As one of the best defensive anchors in Florida, the Rockets are certainly getting a good one. Let's take a look at Scout.com's analysis of the soon-to-be Rocket:
"Haslem, the son of NBA power forward Udonis Haslem, is a young man that flashes great passion for the game of football. He possesses that coveted size in the trenches at 6-foot-3.5, 290 pounds, and really gets after it each play with impressive intensity and effort. He has the tendency to stand up at the snap of the ball, so pad level is one area of improvement moving forward. Haslem is a hard-nosed defensive lineman that provides nice potential and athletic bloodlines."
As illustrated, the potential is there. The passion and energy will be give Haslem a chance to see the field very early in Northwest Ohio as the 2017 class continues to grow. Speaking of that class, the Rockets are now at 24 verbal commitments in Jason Candle's first actual signing class (after inheriting Matt Campbell's last winter). Toledo is on track to have the No. 1 recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference as they continue to hold off the Western Michigan Broncos.
We'll keep you posted as the class continues to grow.