"I want to play for a program that is winning and has a great tradition," Hadley said. "I want to go where they send guys to the league and help prepare you for the future."
Ranked as the No. 43 safety in the country by Scout.com, Hadley has already set up an official visit to North Carolina on Sept. 20, when the Tar Heels take on Virginia Tech.
"North Carolina is a program that is going to be great in a few years," he said. "It would be great to be part of that team that helps them be champions."
The only school from his top five that he's actually visited is Auburn. "They have great facilities. They seem to have improved a lot off the field and it's a real good football environment," Hadley said. "The area is nice and everything is pretty close by. It's a nice campus."
Hadley is also impressed with the Tigers' play so far this season. "They are looking pretty good," he said.
Another official visit that Hadley says he definitely plans to take is to USC. "It's a great program," he said. "I like how they send players to the league and they have a winning season every year.
"I think that USC will go undefeated," he said. "They are an amazing team and are looking real good right now."
So will the distance hurt the Trojans chances? "No," he said. "Distance isn't a factor. I've never been to California and I'm excited to go there and see what it's like."
Besides predicting that the Trojans will go undefeated, Hadley is also predicting that they will play Georgia in the national championship. "I really want to see Georgia and USC in the national championship," he said. "That would be a great game.
"Georgia is playing real good football and they started the season at number one," he said. "I think they've got a great chance to go undefeated too, even in the SEC they should still be able to get through."
While it's unlikely that Michigan will be playing for the national championship this year, Hadley admits he's excited about their upside. "They are an up-and-coming program," he said of the Wolverines. "Coach Rich Rodriguez is trying to do what he did at West Virginia and it's just gonna take some time.
"Michigan is a great program and they won't be down too long," said Hadley, who attended no summer camps.
Curiously absent from Hadley's top five are any in-state schools. "I like South Florida and Florida, but I'm really planning to leave the state," he said. "My mom wants me to get out of Florida and experience something new."
Hadley has helped lead Armwood to a 2-0 record with 9 tackles and one interception.
He reports a 2.6 core GPA and an 18 ACT.