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Do Hokies lead for Haden

Offers continue to pile up for undersized quarterback Joe Haden out of Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder now claims 22 scholarships. With so many offers, does Haden have any favorites and who exactly does he have scholarships from?
"I know at the moment I have offers from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan State, Duke, Connecticut, Boston College, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and others," he said. "I'd say all the schools are pretty even. I'm still hoping to get a few more scholarships from Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
"I grew up a fan of Michael Vick because he's pretty similar to me. I like his running agility and the fact that he isn't that tall, but still played really well. The fact he was successful at Virginia Tech makes me look at them a little more."
In the last few weeks, Haden took visits to Pittsburgh, Virginia, North Carolina and Rutgers.
"I liked all the trips," he stated. "North Carolina and Pittsburgh walked me around campus and I got to see a scrimmage and game. Meanwhile at Virginia the coaches seemed really cool and nice. Finally, at Rutgers I was very impressed with their facilities. They probably have the best weight room I've ever seen."
Recently the quarterback prospect attended the Elite College Combine at Rutgers on May 1st and the NIKE Camp at Penn State on May 6.
"I was pretty happy with my performance on the day at the Elite. The only thing I could have done better was my 40 time," he said. "I ran it in 4.4 seconds. I also did a 10.3 broad jump and 4.07 shuttle time. I think the best part of the day for me was in the one-on-one drills as I showed my arm strength to the coaches there. Most of the coaches hadn't been able to see my arm in person, but I felt they got a good idea of it now.
"At Penn State, I did pretty good. I ran a slower 40 time and shuttle so I don't know what's up with that, but I did 40 reps at 185 and had a 37-inch vertical. I think I passed pretty well at the camp and at the Elite 11."
Haden accounted for over 2,400 yards, 28 touchdowns and added 60 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He finished the year by earning all-county and second team all-state honors.