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Haden rare blend of speed, power

7/15/2012

Jonathan Haden might not be big, but he's turning into a big-time college football prospect.

With scholarship offers from Ohio State and North Carolina long in hand, Haden said he believes Penn State and Virginia could be close to offering him a scholarship. Not bad for a 2014 prospect.

So why is Haden so in demand? First, he is 5-foot-8, but he's stocky at 180 pounds. Second, he's strong. Haden already bench presses 325 pounds and squats 425, but most importantly, he's quick. That was evident during a recent camp at Ohio State.

“They like how I move in the open field and how I can make guys miss,” Haden said. “They like how I'm real compact, kind of small, but I'm strong, too, though.”

Haden picked up his first scholarship offer from North Carolina when he was just a freshman. He said that gives the Tar Heels an advantage.

“They get a lot of a nudge,” he said. “They saw my talent first. They saw what I had in me first. I like that a lot.”

Haden's eldest brother, Joe Haden, plays cornerback for the Cleveland Browns after a standout career with the Florida Gators. His other brother, Jordan Hayden, is a sophomore defensive back for Toledo.