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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Watch List RB Haden ready to take visits

By Dave Hooker

Jonathan Haden is almost ready to hit the road.

The running back prospect from Washington (D.C.) Friendship said he's planning several visits after his junior season is complete. Friendship's last game is on Nov. 2.

Haden, who is on the ESPN Watch List, said he plans to visit Ohio State, Florida, West Virginia, LSU, Wisconsin, Alabama and Florida State. North Carolina and Ohio State have already offered Haden a scholarship. He said Florida, West Virginia and several ACC schools seem close to offering him a scholarship as well.

The Gators already have an advantage. Haden's older brother, Joe Haden, was a standout cornerback for the Gators before being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.

“I like Florida a lot,” Jonathan Haden said. “I've seen the campus a lot. I like how it is down there.”

West Virginia also has a strong appeal thanks to the Mountaineers' high-powered offense.

“I like them a lot,” Haden said. “They put up a lot of points. I like that.”

Haden said he's also very fond of Ohio State. Through three games this season, Haden said he has run for approximately 600 yards and six touchdowns.