Carroll College football coach Mike Van Diest announced on Friday the signing of Erik Haun, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound middle linebacker from Idaho's 5A State champion Mountain View High School in Meridian.
Haun notched 78 solo tackles and 66 assists -- including 10 tackles for loss and a sack -- during his senior year. He earned first team All-Idaho linebacker honors and USA Today first team All-State. He also earned first team all-conference recognition and was named as a player in the Idaho East-West Shrine Game.
He closed his career with a school-record 262 total tackles.
"The thing that is most impressive about him is his size and his athletic ability running to the football," Van Diest said. "I thought he used his hands extremely well in terms of blocks escape and taking on blockers and getting upfield to tackling with his pads out in front."
Haun has a 3.93 GPA and was a member of the Advanced Leadership Council at Mountain View. His intelligence is obvious in the classroom but also on the football field.
"You want a guy that can diagnose a play as it happens and find some pre-snap tendencies," Van Diest said. "He was on his visit, and when he got up on the board, he really understood the linebacker play. He really has a sense of what is expected out of that position. I love his attitude. I love his personality. Every year, you want to find a guy that can come in and compete, and he has the tools physically -- it is all about how he adjusts to the college game and life as a college student."
Haun is the second All-State player that the Saints have recruited out of the Treasure Valley this year, joining Skyview High's Kyle Pierce. Haun will also reunite with high school teammate Joe Farris.
"Coach Nick Howlett has done a great job down there in the Boise area," Van Diest said. "When you look at Kyle Pierce, a wide receiver out of Skyview High School in Nampa, and now Erik, those are two of the best athletes in the area that are coming to Carroll. Hopefully, people take notice of that, and we can keep that pipeline open."
The Saints are in the midst of spring practice ahead of the annual spring game on April 22.