WOODBURY– I’ve gotten so many opportunities to write recruiting reports on much of our Minnesota talent. With writing about so many players, like any human being, I forget things. The one player I haven’t forgotten about what I wrote is…
WOODBURY– I’ve gotten so many opportunities to write recruiting reports on much of our Minnesota talent. With writing about so many players, like any human being, I forget things. The one player I haven’t forgotten about what I wrote is East Ridge LB Sam Haskins. Haskins of all the reports I’ve written gave me the most detail about his playing days at East Ridge, what his top strengths are, and so much more that he still has given me the most words on paper when it comes to my recruiting reports.
We chatted with Sam Haskins, as he recently committed to the Johnnies of St. Johns. We asked him what went into that decision, what’s excited about at the next level, and more!
What Went Into Sam’s Decision
When choosing the Johnnies, Haskins was given a great academic scholarship that he can put into one of the best business schools in the area. As far as on the football route, Haskins had this to say about the Johnnies to PRZ Minnesota, “I loved the environment there, the people and coaches made me feel at home and like one of the guys. They are also a very successful football program, and I want to compete at the highest level I can.”
Good Things Come in Threes
Haskins although he was a top tackler for the Raptors, didn’t jump on the first program that took a flyer on him. His list of three schools came down to Concordia-St. Paul, Bethel, and St. Johns and it wasn’t until very late that the Johnnies took the cake and got Sam’s commitment. “Bethel and CSP were my other options, they’re great programs and I felt comfortable at both of their campuses too, but once St. Johns got me up for a visit I was sold,” Sam said about the Johnnies winning his recruitment in the end.
Football Adjustments at the College Level
Every kid knows that going from a strong high school senior to a young college freshman at a college program has its challenges. Haskins told us the biggest adjustments he needs to make are studying film and working out a lot more. Haskins had this to say about the adjustments and changes he’ll need to make to his game in the MIAC, “I studied film and game plans for around 10 hours a week, but I will need more than that to get adjusted to the speed and flow of the game. My first year is going to be a grind which I’m super pumped for. Getting to know the new playbook and adjust to the college game is exciting yet scary a bit at the same time.”
Playing with Friends
Haskins will join close friends from the 2019 class from the East Ridge Raptors, in Alex Rivero and Alex Larson who both took their talents to Collegeville last season to play for the Johnnies. Haskins said, “I’m pumped to get back on the field with them.”
Looking Forward to College Football
Competition and friendships are the “big two” Haskins is looking forward to as he enters the college football ranks. “Everyone is on your level in college and I’m excited to compete against them,” Haskins said about the competition there is in Division III football. As for friendships, Haskins said football at East Ridge gave him the best friends he could ask for, as he looks for that to be the case at St. Johns too.
Congratulations to Sam Haskins and his family on his commitment to St. Johns! Us at Prep Redzone Minnesota wish you the best of luck and we will be watching!