Brandon Haney opens holes for running backs like a road grader, and he's hoping that he can plow his way to a college football scholarship.
The senior has been a four-year starter at DeForest High School, which lost to powerful Kimberly in the WIAA Division 2 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium, knocking off Milton and Badger Conference rival Waunakee along the way.
Haney is looking to major in accounting or a related business field, and business is what he's taken care of, his first two seasons at right tackle and the last two at right guard.
He said that Coach Mike Minick's offensive style suits him just fine.
"We run mostly out of the I-formation and play smash-mouth football," the 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pounder. "We probably only throw six to 10 passes per game. And I definitely like it that way because it fits me and my style better."
Well, that style and attitude are what most colleges look for in their offensive linemen, and Haney has caught many of these programs' eyes, including Southern Utah, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Winona State and Southern Illinois as well as Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater.
"I attended camps at Illinois State, North Dakota State and Winona State, and they've all called or sent me mail, and they've invited me to games," Haney said. "Right now I'm open to anything."
In the meantime, Haney is worried about fine-tuning his technique and helping get the Norskies back to the playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
"My footwork has improved, but it still needs more improvement," Haney said. "I want to get better and be faster off the ball. I like playing guard better, and that's what I'll probably be playing in college. So, I'm sending them all film and that way I'll find out what I've been doing well and what needs work."
One thing that should work in Haney's favor is the rugged competition that DeForest faces every week in the Badger Conference.
"It'll definitely help get me to the next level because it's always a fight in the Badger," Haney said. "This recruiting stuff is new to me, but it doesn't bother me either way if I get the calls or Coach Minick does. It's kind of cool seeing what they all have to say."