Arizona Wildcats football: Cats land commitment from three-star running back

2013-05-24T19:01:00Z 2013-05-24T19:13:52Z Arizona Wildcats football: Cats land commitment from three-star running backDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2013 7:01 pm  • 

For the last couple of weeks, Jonathan Haden has been ready to end his recruitment and commit to a school.

With offers from Arizona, Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, North Carolina and others, the running back was starting to zero in on the Wildcats.

So last week, the Washington D.C., product called his older brother Joe, a cornerback with the Cleveland Browns and a former All-American at Florida, and told him he was thinking about committing to the UA.

“He talked to one of his teammates (Trevin Wade), who went to Arizona and asked him what he thought,” Haden said Friday night. “(Wade) said nothing but good things about Arizona and said it was a good place. Joe said he would support my decision if I decided to do it.”

After the conversation with his older brother, Haden came to Tucson this weekend for a visit with an idea he was going to commit to Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats.

After a nearly two-hour conversation with Rodriguez and assistants Tony Dews and Calvin Magee, Haden decided to pull the trigger and commit to the Wildcats.

The 5-foot-8-inch, 180-pound back is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com recruiting service and the 77th best player at his position.

“I’m very excited about it,” Haden said. “When I talked to this coaching staff, they just seem so genuine and real. It wasn’t like that with all the schools, especially some of the bigger ones.”

Haden is the fourth 2014 prospect to commit to the UA. He joins Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Cameron Denson, Fresno, Calif., running back Nick Wilson and Florida tight end Nick Nataro.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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