An early recruit from the Class of 2014 with a very familiar name could be making his way to Ohio State.
And, yes, familiarity played a huge role for Jonathan (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy).
“They’re the favorite right now,” Haden said of Ohio State, which has offered the 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back.
The reasons are simple.
He remembers his brother’s days at Florida and he remembers watching Ohio State coach Urban Meyer work with the Gators.
“Yes, it does factor in,” Haden said. “I actually know how Coach Meyer is. I saw him and how he conducts himself at Florida. I saw what kind of coach he is. I know he’s about business. It’s great. He’s the same now as he was back then.”
The other thing playing in the Buckeyes’ favor with Haden is the fact that Cleveland isn’t too far a drive up the road.
With brother Joe in the fold for the Browns for a while, there's opportunity for the brothers to see each other. Not that Jonathan needs the OK.
“He wants what’s best for me,” Haden said of his brother. “Joe tells me Coach Meyer is a great coach. My choice would be what’s best for me. But I would love [being closer to him].”
In two seasons, Haden has rushed for a combined 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has an offer from North Carolina and interest from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“What it means is I’m a high D-I type player,” Haden said. “It makes me feel like, ‘Dang, I’m actually that good now.’ It’s kind of humbling.”