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County native Jonathan Haden commits to Arizona


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Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Prince George’s County native Jonathan Haden has verbally committed to play college football at the University of Arizona.

Haden, a senior running back at Friendship Collegiate Academy, pledged to the Pac-12 school in June.

The brother of Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Friendly standout Joe Haden also had offers from Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia among others.

The Upper Marlboro resident said he chose the Wildcats over Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

“I like going far away,” he said. “I like traveling.”

In the Brothers In Arms Classic at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium, Haden scored on a 37-yard touchdown reception to help give the Knights a 7-0 advantage en route to a 32-6 win over St. Frances.

Haden, a Rivals.com three-star recruit, began his high school career at Archbishop Carroll in Northeast Washington where he rushed for over 900 yards during his sophomore campaign.

As a junior last season at Friendship Collegiate, Haden rushed for 1,100 yards and scored 11 touchdowns while leading the Northeast Washington public charter school to an 8-3 record.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound sparkplug said he can hardly wait to suit up in college.

“I’m so looking forward to going out there,” said Haden, adding that he wants to “get on the field my freshman year and just ball out.”

However, the dynamic running back wants to finish his high school career with a bang.

“We want to win a championship number one,” he said, “and go undefeated this year.”

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