September 21, 2008

Three leaders for 2010 TE

Tight end Kevin Haplea is one of the Garden State's top prospects at his position from the Class of 2010 and he'll have plenty of opportunities to prove that over the course of the next year.

At 6-foot-4 and 229 pounds, Haplea runs the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds and has already drawn interest from schools across the region.

While Annandale (N.J.) North Hunterdon Regional isn't off to a great start, Haplea feels good about the way he's performed.

"Things haven't gone too well for the team but I think I've been doing pretty well," he said. "I've been playing on both sides, at tight end and defensive end. We have a run-based offense and most of our passes are play action where I'm the primary receiver. We have a lot of tight sets where I'm coming across the middle."

On the year Haplea has caught five passes for 72 yards and has recorded about 15 tackles and a sack.

His size, speed and strength have attracted the attention of several college coaches, so like others he's been receiving a lot of mail lately.

"I've been getting a lot of stuff from Maryland, UConn, Rutgers, Boston College and NC State," he said. "It's pretty much Big East schools and some ACC schools.

"I was just at Maryland's game yesterday and I've been going to Rutgers and UConn for games. I'm going to try to get down to NC State for a game but with the long drive it's going to be tough."

It's still early but Haplea already has a good idea of which schools he likes. Who would he put near the top of his list?

"I'd say my top three is Rutgers, Maryland and UConn," he said. "I like Rutgers because it's the state university and I've always been a fan. It's close to home and they have a great tradition, playing the first college football game ever.

"I just visited UConn recently and they have nice facilities. I think they're about ready to shoot off into a powerhouse in the Big East. The atmosphere at the stadium was really good for their game against Virginia.

"It's pretty much the same thing with Maryland. They have nice facilities and the people are nice there. I really like the Maryland coaches."

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