Chase Haslett would like to make things easy for UCF. If the Knights would have him, he'll be on the next plane.
Yes, if the name sounds familiar it is. Haslett is the son of former New Orleans Saints and Florida Tuskers head coach Jim Haslett, now the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. The younger Haslett is a baseball pitcher and football quarterback at Clayton (Mo.) High School just outside St. Louis.
And he would like to take both of those skills to the next level at a place like UCF ... if not UCF itself.
" I like Central Florida a lot," Haslett said. "I've looked at their facilities and it's really nice. Central Florida has always interested me. I e-mailed them a few times, but never really heard anything back.".
Haslett was one of about 75 participants Sunday at ESPN's Wide World of Sports for the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, a two-hour succession of drills that will be held in various locations across the country. From these sessions, the top players will being chosen to compete for the Elite 11 top prize this summer in California.
"I didn't think I had a very good day. It was pretty windy out there and I hadn't really thrown like that in about three months," Haslett said. "But I don't want to make excuses. All around, it was a good day."
He did well enough to end up in the "A" group at the end of the day with the likes of Oviedo Hagerty's Jeff Driskel, Miami Northwestern's Teddy Bridgewater, Quinton Williams of Tampa Jefferson, Phillip Ely of Tampa Plant, Ryan McGriff of Gainesville, Kyle McDorman of Niceville, Sam Richardson of Winter Park, Steven Hughes of Melbourne Palm Bay, Kevin Sousa of Lake Nona and Jovani McCray of South Dade.
All of those players are in the Top 15 of the Sentinel's Pre-Spring Top 25 QB Rankings for the class of 2011.
Haslett missed the beginning of last football season after breaking his ankle in the final game of the 2009 baseball season. He tried to make up quickly for time missed with a 330-yard, three-touchdown performance in his first game back. He played five games and threw for almost 1,000 yards.
"The weather started to get cold and nasty up here and we ended up running in a lot of our last few games," Haslett said.
Ahh yes, the cold weather.
"We don't see a lot of warm weather up here in Missouri," Haslett said from Clayton on Sunday night, having already returned from Orlando. "I got a sunburn from down there today though."
Haslett said his high school starts baseball practice on Monday. "Coach is going to have us in sleeves, so we'll be able to practice a bit," he said.
Haslett pitches and then plays anywhere else the coach needs him on the baseball field. He said he hit .360 last season and was 5-2 on the mound with about 60 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA. His fastball clocks in at 88 mph and he said he throws a "two-seam, four-seam, curve, change and a cutter."
The weather in Orlando, which allows for year-round training, is one of the intriguing factors about UCF, among other things for Haslett.
"Facilities, the area around it, and I heard that fans are great .. they have pretty good student support for football and baseball," Haslett said. "Just to play there would be nice. UCF's in Conference USA and playing against teams like Alabama-Birmingham, Tulane and Rice ... I'd love to love to play in that conference."
He's quite set on trying to find a school that will allow him to play both sports. He said he doesn't prefer one over the other.
"It would be really hard to give up something you love," he said.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.