Aledo (TX) Tall guard Hauss Haney was blown away by Duke and the football program last weekend during a visit to Durham and two days later he joined the team with a commitment to head coach Mike Elkooffensive coordinator Kevin Jones and the Blue Devils coaching staff.
Haney built a relationship with Jones over the course of a couple of months, and his time with Elko and company sealed the deal. Elko suggested Haney was 5’11” and weighed 185 pounds at the end of his visit.
“I told him how much I appreciate the time Coach Jones took to hire me and I feel like this will be a very special place for me and I feel comfortable,” Haney told 247Sports.
It’s easy to see why Elko and Jones consider Haney a special quarterback. As a junior, he led Aledo to a state championship in rushing for 2,094 yards and 20 touchdowns. The county MVP used his 10.6 speed in the 100 m dash to gain another 1,276 yards on 15 points.
“Coach Jones made me feel like I was their No. 1 guy all the time because he said I fit in perfectly with their offense,” Haney said. Last fall, Duke won nine games for the first time since 2014, one win short of his total wins over the past three seasons.
“Going to Duke, I get the best of both worlds. This is an excellent academic school. Their football is on the rise. I think Coach Elko will continue his work to change this program.”
Haney also had early offers from Nebraska and North Texas, but Jones was the standout in this set.
“A couple of months ago, when Coach Jones started recruiting me, he was very honest with me and very personable,” Haney said. “He checks me every day, just for little things, ‘how are things at school, how are things with football’. I just really liked him.
“For the last couple of months, I’ve been his #1 boyfriend. I love Coach Jones to death and just built a great relationship with him and he was very truthful about everything. He calls my dad just to see how he’s doing. He was very good for me.”
Then there was a visit.
“When I walked through that door, every coach on the coaching staff introduced themselves to me and was so happy to see me,” Haney said. “Throughout the day they were like, ‘We want you here and we need you here and we think you’re a player.’ I didn’t have an offer at that moment and it was great to feel the love of the entire coaching staff.”
Haney becomes the #4 commit for Duke in the class of 2024, which is in the top 25 at the start of the cycle.
“I feel comfortable with this whole situation and they went the right way, all the staff and it just felt right and I made the decision to commit.”
247Sports National Analyst Gabe Brooks loves this pickup truck for the Blue Devils.
“Strong, athletic build with the air of a seasoned player,” Brooks wrote in his assessment. “A good combine that tests the athleticism that comes out clearly on the field. The real double threat of QB with amazing top speed is confirmed on the track. In the spring of 2022, as a sophomore, he ran the 100 meters under 11.00 several times. scrambler and run threat designed. Capable of hitting a long ball if you let it loose on the second level. Great junior game for the Texas 5A DI champion. Eclipse 2,000 yard passing and 1,000 yard rush thresholds. The ball comes out quickly and on time. The compact movement of the throw accelerates delivery and promotes above-average speed, especially at short to medium levels. Game-expanding athleticism adds another challenge that anti-wrinkle protection has to deal with. Showed promising shooting ability on the move. some nuances of layering. Demonstrates sufficient bottom field strength with good touch and placement when needed. Sometimes it takes a load to stretch the field, but throws with the right amount of force in most scenarios. Can squeeze more j uice out of the upper end of the hand capacitance. Elite athleticism as a quarterback helps the game and provides intriguing development potential. Can thrive as a slot and return option, which speaks volumes about this athleticism. However, a bona fide QB talent who is positioned as a potential P5 prospect at the college level.”