November 17, 2006

Haden gets All-American wish

Joe Haden
West Team
Wide receiver
Ft. Washington, Md.
5-10, 189, 4.46

Haden in action Rankings
Rivals100 for 2007: No. 94 overall athletes: No. 6 Maryland top 15: No. 1

Athlete Joe Haden hoped he would get a shot at playing in an All-American game after his senior season. The Ft. Washington (Md.) Friendly prospect is now excited knowing he has an invitation to the Offense-Defense All American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"It's really big for me," Haden said. "I had a feeling I might have a chance after I started picking up a lot of offers as a junior.

"I still had no idea I'd be invited to any of the all-star games though. It's so good to get the chance to perform and see how I can play. It means a lot to me that I was noticed as one of the top players in the nation. I feel really good about that."

Five facts about Joe Haden
His personal heroes: His parents.
His sports heroes: Michael Vick and Steve Smith
His biggest sports dream: To become like Steve Smith in the NFL.
Plans to major in sports management in college.
Wears jersey No. 1.
The Rivals100 prospect will play wide receiver for the East squad in the bowl game on Jan. 4. The all-star game will be televised live by ESPNU.

"I'm an athlete, but in the game I will play receiver," he said. "I've changed from quarterback. I've worked hard staying after practice training with my quarterback and wide receiver coaches in preparation for the game. I definitely want to show off my speed at the game."

The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder has committed to play for the Florida Gators. Haden plans to try to recruit for the Gators while he's at the game.

"Oh yeah, I plan to talk to a bunch of players about how Florida has a good team," he said. "I want to tell them about their chance to win a national championship, too."

Haden went on to state what made him become a Gator.

"It came down to the coaching staff, atmosphere and team," he said. "The coaches are really down-to-earth people and tell you how it is. I've also liked Florida since I was a kid."

Haden has helped Friendly to a 10-0 season and a playoff game this weekend.

"I've done well this year," he said. "I've passed for 1,900 yards, ran for 600 yards and have 200 yards receiving. I have 39 total touchdowns. I'm actually three touchdowns away from the career state touchdown record.

"It would mean a lot to obtain that if I could. It wouldn't mean nearly as much though if we don't win a state championship."

Others announced today:
Broderick Green | Andrew Nuss | Dez Bryant | Jason Hannan | Darrion Weems | Quintin Richardson
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