April 20, 2009

Haden is a Gator

Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly defensive back Jordan Haden has long been considered a heavy lean to the Florida Gators and had been expected to announce he was following his older brother, Joe, for weeks now. Finally, the 6-foot-0, 198-pounder has pulled the trigger.

"Jordan just committed to Florida," said his father, Joe Haden Sr.. "He's actually still down there with his mom. Initially Florida was his favorite and he loved the atmosphere. Through his brother he's created a great relationship with the coaches and players there and he really likes coach Strong who is a defensive guru."

Haden chose the Gators over offers from Boston College, where his other brother Josh is a running back, as well as Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina and many others.

Haden joins his brother Joe who is a starting cornerback for the Gators. Jordan was recently named to the Hot 11 at the Rivals.com Maryland Five Star Showdown in March and is ranked 107th in the latest Rivals250. All of the Haden brothers are known as workout warriors and gym rats.

"Florida is loaded with hard workers and that's what Jordan is so he fits right in and he wants to be around guys with that same desire and intensity," said Haden Sr. "They always knew they had an 85-90-percent chance of getting Jordan so coach Meyer knew that they almost already had Jordan committed. They had counted him as part of this class a long time ago so it's not like they were holding a spot or anything. They never pressed on him because they knew he wanted to come."

It appears that the Gators are now done at defensive back barring any surprises. Florida now has commitments from Haden, Demar Dorsey, Jonathan Dowling, Victor Hampton, Jaylen Watkins and Matt Elam in the defensive backfield for 2010. Why so many defensive backs in this class?

"I think it's a case where Florida feels that a lot of guys in the defensive backfield could jump early to the NFL so they're stocking up," said Haden Sr.. "They're done now I think. They have some really talented kids already in the secondary and they are making sure that continues by getting as many good ones as they can. Jordan is honored to be considered one of them."

Jordan had 62 tackles as a junior with three interceptions and one fumble recovery. He is known as a big hitter and could play free or strong safety in college.



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