“Coach (D.J.) McCarthy from LSU was there and so was coach (Rod) Smith from Michigan and the linebackers coach from Miami (Michael Barrow),” said Haulstead, who finished his junior season with 44 catches for 635 yards and 13 touchdowns.
As time goes on and the nation’s 27th rated receiver gets to know the coaches recruiting him he said that he is starting to build a close bond with a few of them.
“I feel like I’m getting closer to Michigan, LSU, Miami and UCF,” he said.
This summer, the Titusville (Fla.) product will hit the camp circuit in full force and he plans to utilize his time at getting better on the field but also getting familiar with the surroundings at each school.
“I’m going to LSU, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Miami,” he said. “Those are all schools I’m real interested in and I have some things I want to check out. I want to see how big the school is and how the people act around the school. I want to spend some time getting to know some of the players and hanging out with them too.”
One school that Haulstead does not plan on visiting this summer at this point but that is moving up his list is Michigan.
The Wolverines have not offered yet but it does not seem to be too big of a deal for now.
“Michigan is moving up because coach Smith spent the whole day at school talking to my coaches and talking about how he really wants me to go to Michigan,” said Haulstead. “He recruited me when he was at West Virginia and he said they will be offering soon.”
Miami is another school that is near the top of Haulstead’s list but he is still waiting to see if the Hurricanes are going to offer too.
“Miami was my top school but I’m still waiting to see what they are going to do,” he said. “They are rebuilding and getting good players so I know they will be good again.”
So if Miami was Haulstead’s top school then who is sitting in his top spot now?
“LSU is my favorite,” he said. “They are the national champions and that is just a school I’d really love to go to and play for. Coach (McCarthy) said they are going to offer me because they are losing receivers and they need to reload.
“He likes how I’m tall and how I move around and keep my body control,” added Haulstead. “He likes how I have big hands and I have good speed but I’m also very physical. He just said to be patient with him and they will offer.”
If LSU does offer anytime soon would Haulstead jump on it?
“I’m not trying to commit early so I’m kind of just waiting it out right now,” he said.