Camps and combines can often be a big equalizer for players who haven’t received as much publicity as some of their peers early in the recruiting process.
Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee offensive lineman John Hafferty could be one such example.
Hafferty (6-3, 305) recently helped his stock by running a personal best 4.87 in the 40-yard dash and lifting 43 reps of 185 pounds in the bench press during the Nike combine at Auburn.
“I came away really surprised,” he said. “Not with the weights, but with my 40 mainly. I’d come close, but I had never been below a 5. I did a 4.6 shuttle, too, which wasn’t too bad.
“I’ve gotten a lot of attention since the camp. I’ve had interest from Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas State, Colorado, Kentucky, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Boston College and a few others. I don’t have any offers right now, but it seems like the coaches at a few of those schools are very interested and may be getting close. A lot of them say they just need to evaluate my film a little more.”
Hafferty, who boasts a 425 and 600 max in the bench press and squat, camped at Alabama last week and has also been to one-day camps at Colorado and Kansas State. He plans to visit camps at Kentucky, Boston College and Georgia as well.
“I’m keeping my options open, but right now my top three is Kansas State, North Carolina and Kentucky,” he said. “With Kansas State, I really like the coaching there and what coach Snyder has done to build that program to what it is today. I liked the campus when I went out there to visit.
“With North Carolina, that’s a school that I’ve always liked, and they’ve got good coaches, too. Gunter Brewer is my recruiting coach. He’s really nice. Same thing with Kentucky. I like my recruiting coach, Joker Phillips, a whole lot. I’m excited about going to their camp and seeing what it’s like up there.”
Hafferty projects as a guard or center at the next level. He’s also expected to be a full-qualifier with a 3.2 GPA and a 17 on his first ACT attempt. He scored an 850 on the SAT.