July 16, 2010

Uconn is best offer for DE

After months of camps and visits, Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny defensive lineman Justin Haser now has a chance to catch his breath. For Haser, the rest of the summer will be about tying up loose ends before eventually making his final decision.

"For the rest of the summer I plan on taking some unofficial visits here and there," said Haser. "I don't really want to make a decision quite yet, because there are some schools that are pretty interested that are on the fence and want me to come in and meet their coaches. I don't want to make a decision too early and close a door for myself."

Haser currently has offers from Connecticut, Bowling Green, Ohio and Youngstown State. Other schools are beginning to show interest, and Haser wants to keep his options open.

"There are a couple of schools that want me to come down, and if they like me they might give me a scholarship," said Haser. "West Virginia is real interested in me for defensive line. They said they wanted me to come up for a game or two."

The fact that schools like West Virginia are beginning to creep into the picture is exciting for Haser, but that has not changed how he feels about UConn.

"I'm very interested," said Haser. "It's definitely the biggest school out of the four offers I have right now. The only thing is the distance from home. I can get used to that, but it just might take a bit of time."

Haser made the nine-and-a-half hour drive from Wexford, Pennsylvania to Storrs, Connecticut for UConn's one day camp earlier this summer and came away impressed with the campus.

"We got there the day before camp and we toured the whole campus twice," said Haser. "I got to tour their athletic facilities and the field, and it was so beautiful up there. Their athletic facilities are amazing. I think I've seen all I need to see up there."

While some schools are interested in the 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect as a defensive lineman, Haser says UConn is looking at him at left tackle. It may take some getting used to, but offense is beginning to grow on Haser.

"I liked defense to start the summer, but the gist I'm getting is a lot of places like me for offense," he said, "so I'm starting to like it more and more."

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