March 4, 2009

Canes offer New Jersey TE

Tight end is a position of need for Miami in the Class of 2010 and the Hurricanes are evaluating the film of prospects at the position from all over the country. They have found one they like from the Garden State.

Annandale (N.J.) North Hunterdon Regional tight end Kevin Haplea picked up an offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

It was the fourth offer of the recruiting process for the 6-foot-4, 226-pound tight end, and more are sure to be on the way.

"Yeah, I got it yesterday," Haplea confirmed. "I started talking to (Miami) about two weeks ago. I guess coach (Jeff) Stoutland recruits New Jersey and we've talked a few times on the phone.

"At first he just wanted to introduce himself and let me get to know him. Then it became obvious that he was pretty interested. He said they'd be sending something to the school. I didn't think it would be an offer yet, but it was.

"He said they really liked my film and they have a big need for tight ends in this class. Tuesday my coach came and pulled me out of class to let me know."

Miami certainly has a history of developing tight ends and sending them to the NFL. That's something Haplea has taken note of.

"He definitely talked about their history at the position," he said. "I think something like their last four guys have been first round picks. That's something to think about.

"As far as playing time goes, all four schools that have offered have similar situations. All four of them have a need for tight ends so they would all be good opportunities to get some early playing time."

Those other schools that have offered are Penn State, Pitt and Syracuse. Haplea is hoping to learn as much about those schools as he can in the coming weeks.

"I know I'm gonna get up to Pitt sometime soon. I'm trying to figure out when I'm going to go to Penn State, other than the NIKE Camp I'm going to up there. There are a few other stops I might like to make.

"Other than the schools that have offered I'm still talking to everyone that I was before. Really the only new school has been Northwestern. Their new tight ends' coach was at a local I-AA college about thirty minutes from my house. He saw me at a passing scrimmage one time and wanted to let me know he was interested."

As a junior Haplea caught 17 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

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