Penn State's Kevin Haplea Visits Florida State Football

As first hinted at by SB Nation's Tomahawk Nation, experienced Penn State tight end Kevin Haplea visited Florida State on Friday. There's been no official word as to his standing, though his high school coach describes the tough decision awaiting him and the value of his unused redshirt year.

From Tomahawk Nation's profile:

Haplea is a New Jersey kid, which means he was recruited by ace recruiter and tight ends coach James Coley back in the 2010 class. He's now a junior and 6'4 and 248 pounds.

Haplea seems to be a balanced tight end. FSU couldn't guarantee him the starting job, but the 'Noles certainly could offer a lot of playing time, particularly because Florida State is looking to run more two-tight end sets going forward.

Currently at tight end is H-Back type Nick O'Leary, and large tight end Dan Hicks, who is playing his first year at the position after transitioning from defensive end. Hicks is athletic, but raw.

Having battled some injuries during his career, Haplea is not necessarily the starter in Happy Valley. That's important, because a player is probably not leaving a guaranteed starting spot for a contributor role in another town.

For more on FSU football, visit Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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