October 3, 2006

Younger Haden a lock for Florida?

Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly running back Josh Haden took an unofficial visit to Florida this past weekend with his older brother to check out the Gators. Will the 2008 stud commit to Florida to keep things in the family?

"The visit was great and The Swamp is so loud it's amazing," said the 5-foot-7, 190-pound younger brother of Florida commitment Joe Haden. "Florida is my leader, no doubt. The coaches there really make you feel at home and pay a lot of attention to you. I felt more at home there than I did at Ohio State. Having my brother there is important as well but there were so many recruits there and the coaches still paid a lot of attention to me."

Haden isn't ready to commit just yet however.

"I'll get it done earlier than Joe because I've seen him go through it and I know the process better," he said. "I don't think I'll wait very long, but I'd like to visit Virginia Tech before I do anything. I like them a lot too and am interested in their program."

With Joe already a Gator, what are the chances Josh will follow?

"Pretty good I'd say," he said. "I won't choose a school just because my brother is going there, but the running back situation at Florida is good for me, I love the place and the coaches so there's nothing wrong there. I'm not in a hurry, but Florida is way ahead."

Haden is averaging more than 12 yards-per-carry this season, although finding touches on offense are difficult.

"We use a three running back rotation so I only get around 6 or 7 carries a game," he said. "With the other backs and Joe running around 10 times per game, there are a ton of touches. I'm pushing for more."

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