2013 defensive tackle Tyler Haddock of McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour has made it a point to hit the camp circuit this summer with the hopes of attracting as much attention as possible. So far, Haddock has accomplished just that, as interest continues to grow for the powerful interior lineman.
"In the last month I feel I've shot up like a cannon," said Haddock, who is 6-foot-0 and 300-pounds. "My coaches have helped a lot, and my trainers and teammates have contributed as well. I couldn't do it without them."
Haddock mentioned a few of the schools that he is already familiar with.
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"Maryland is fantastic," said Haddock. "I camped with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, and I felt I had a great bond with both of the defensive line coaches. I felt at home. I've also talked with Coach Neuhiesel at UCLA, and I will be camping there next year. He told me that they are also very interested."
Maryland has definitely left a favorable early impression on Haddock.
"I have a great bond with Coach Gattuso," said Haddock. "I'll be going to a couple of game and he said he'll make one of mine as well."
When he has the chance, Haddock is hoping to make a couple more visits.
"I'd love to visit North Carolina," said Haddock. "I met the offensive coordinator when he came up to my high school. He's a cool guy. I also have a good friend down there who plays on the team named Christian Wilson. He tells me about it down there. Also UCLA, being that far away from home I would wonder what it would be like across the country."
Haddock also gave a few thoughts about his upcoming junior season.
"I am prepared to be the best defensive tackle this league has ever seen," said Haddock. "Great linemen with names like Sharrif Floyd and Delvon Simmons have come out of Pennsylvania and I'm ready to surpass them and be great. I look up to those two guys. My football practices are very tough and that's great because at my size and the way I move, I feel I'm immovable and unblockable."