Portsmouth (Va.) Churchland defensive tackle Jahmil Haley claims a BCS offer. However, the 6-foot-3, 268-pounder has yet to receive the offer in writing. He discussed that and much more inside.
"The first offer is from Syracuse," he said. "That came about two or three weeks ago. Coach Brumbaugh is still waiting for my SATs. I have talked to the coaches on and off and right now they want me to come on an official.
"They're talking about a scholarship, but because of my SAT scores, when I go up for an official and get my grades up, they'll officially offer."
Part of the situation is that Haley is still a possibility for prep school.
So, in order to get the offer, when is he headed up to Syracuse?
"I'm trying to take an official in late October or November," he said. "I'm from New York and they've sent me some of their games I can go to, but because of the football season and it being pretty far to go, we'll see."
Originally from Queens, New York, Haley moved to Hampton Roads just three years ago.
What does he think about an offer from his home state?
"I've never been up there, but I've heard it's a good environment. I'd probably fit in," he said. "I know my aunt knows the administrator for athletics and Coach Brumbaugh is cool, he's from New York.
"The offer is pretty big. That's the highest level and I most likely am not going to get anything higher. I could fit in at Syracuse."
Other colleges including Maryland and NC State continue to monitor the lineman.
"NC State wants me to come see some of their games, they like Maryland are waiting for some senior film."
A few other schools including Hampton, Richmond, Elon, Old Dominion and other are looking too.
Does Haley like anybody?
"I would say Hampton and Maryland," he said. "Hampton has a long line of defensive linemen that have gone to the league and they produce linemen.
"I've been to Maryland before. I liked the environment a lot and the camaraderie at the school. It's a nice area and not too far from Virginia and New York City, it's the best of both worlds."
Last season, Haley earned all-district after posting 64 tackles and six sacks.
Already this year he posted eight tackles and six pancakes in the season opener last weekend.
"I've gotten way stronger and faster," he said. "I used to run a 5.3 and now run a 5.0 flat. I feel I'm more lateral and for my size I'm athletic."