Friendly High School (Fort Washington, MD) boasts at least two top targets for the 2008 class. They are Josh Haden and Lamaar Thomas , both of whom have already received Division 1A scholarship offers according to Friendly assistant coach Marcus Berry.
Haden is the younger brother of Joe Haden, Friendly’s star senior quarterback and an University of Florida commitment. Josh plays tailback and linebacker and has averaged about 10 yards-per-carry this season.
“He’s 5-8, 190 pounds,” Berry said of the younger Haden. “He’s an explosive kid who is very strong. He’s quick and fast, which is a very rare commodity to have both. He’s a great cut-back runner. He runs with power.”
Haden put his overall athletic ability on display at this year’s Nike Camp at State College (PA). There, he benched 185 pounds 45 times, posted a 36-inch vertical leap, ran a 4.25 in the shuttle and a 4.58 in the 40.
“I would think he is one of the top five athletes in the country for ’08,” Berry said. “He is extremely strong. He has done 25 reps of 225 pounds before. He works very hard and he’s gifted.”
Florida is one of the Division 1A program to have offered early. Are they considered the favorite because of Joe’s decision?
“They are very prominent, but not because of Joe,” Berry said of Florida. “He has a really good relationship with Coach [Urban] Meyer and Running backs Coach Stan Drayton. I’ve known Stan for years and I know he’s been going after Josh pretty tough, but Josh is no where near a commitment.
“Schools that have offered that he is high on are Ohio State, Michigan, Florida and Tennessee. Of the schools that haven’t offered, he’s very interested in Virginia Tech, Auburn and Penn State.”
Virginia Tech’s primary recruiter, Kevin Sherman, has expressed significant interest.
“Coach Sherman has been in contact with me,” Berry said. “He said he wants to try and get Josh down for their camp next summer.”
Lamaar Thomas has done his own damage out of the Friendly backfield as well, as he averages around 13 yards-per-carry.
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