September 15, 2010

Haser off UConn's list?

When caught up with Pennsylvania defensive end Justin Haser about halfway through the summer it seemed as though the Huskies were in a great position to land the talented line prospect. Now it seems as though the coaches and Haser are looking in different directions.

It's not totally clear whether the coaching staff simply started putting a higher priority on other prospects or if the 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end just wants to look at other options, but it does seem unlikely that Haser will be suiting up for UConn in the future.

"I haven't [been in contact] with UConn very recently," Haser said. "It's been an e-mail here or there but that's about it. They're not really in the mix anymore. I feel like I didn't fit there very well. Probably my two favorite [schools] now are Ohio University and Delaware."

UConn recently picked up a commitment from defensive end Obum Obukwelu, but it seems as though their interest started to fade even before then. We know of at least a couple of other defensive end prospects that still have offers from the Huskies, but only time will tell how much more help the coaches are looking to add at the position.

Haser is off to a good start in his senior season at Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny. He and the rest of the starters haven't been able to play in the second half of either of their first two games, as they won both by huge margins and the backups were getting reps.

"I feel like I'm playing pretty well," he explained. "Our defensive line in general is playing extremely well, getting off the ball and playing on their side of the line. Our offensive line is making holes for our running backs."

Haser plays left tackle on offense and defensive end on the other side of the ball for his high school but probably projects as a defensive end in college.

He still has offers from Delaware, Ohio, Youngstown State and Bowling Green. Haser was planning on attending Ohio's game against Toledo on Saturday evening.

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