November 20, 2012

Chippewas looking at East Lansing ATH Haines

Central Michigan currently sits at 18 commitments for the 2013 class, and they were a rare occurrence in the MAC as they had the majority of their class secured before the season even began. But with the decommitment of Da'Mario Jones and the normal attrition within a program, the Chippewas may have a few scholarships left. One player they are closely evaluating is East Lansing (Mich.) athlete Javon Haines.

Haines is a dual threat player who played mostly defensive back and wide receiver for the Trojans, who surprised many people by going 7-3 in the regular season and earning a playoff nod. They would drop a tough game in the opening round as they fell to Caledonia 23-22, but the program is definitely on the right track.

"I thought the season went pretty well," added Haines. "You always think you could do more, but I think we turned a lot of heads and surprised some people, especially those who aren't from our area. Not a lot of people thought we were going to be good, but we really opened some eyes."

And the 6-foot-2 and 180 pound Haines would also open some eyes. After a very good junior season, he took it to another level as a senior as he caught 52 passes for 799 yards and 9 touchdowns on offense, and added 30 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. He also served as the teams primary punt returner, and blocked a kick. Although he has yet to earn his first offer, he is definitely on the radar as schools such as Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Ball State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Grand Valley State are in steady contact.

"Right now I have zero offers, but a lot of coaches said they are waiting for my senior film," said Haines. "I had an alright junior season, and not a lot of coaches knew about me from camps. But I think I had a very good senior season and I'm hearing from a bunch of schools."

One of those schools is CMU, and Haines had a chance to see the program up close when he visited for the Akron game.

"It was really nice, I couldn't believe how nice the campus was. My uncle actually went to CMU and he was really talking it up, so I made sure to pay attention and take everything in. But I really liked it, and of course CMU went out and picked up a win against Akron as well" said Haines.

Although the Chippewas have not officially offered, they are definitely interested.

"I spoke with Coach (Kort) Shankweiler a few weeks ago," added Haines. "He said I am one of the few guys they are after. But I know for some guys it's a business thing, and with a potential bowl game and all that they are busy. But if they did offer, I wouldn't be shocked because I know how hard I've worked, but on the other hand I would. Honestly, sometimes I felt like there weren't any schools that wanted me, and it would just be a dream come true to get that first offer."

While he projects at both wide receiver and defensive back, the Chippewas likely more interested in him in the secondary.

"My best position? Honestly I can't answer that," stated Haines when asked where he prefers to play. "I just want to contribute and do what is needed. I love playing offense, and I love playing defense, really I just want to play."

Regardless if he ends up a Chippewa or not, whatever team that ends up with Javon Haines will be getting a highly motivated player, and a guy who definitely feels as though he is being overlooked.

"I feel like I have a chip on my shoulder. I remember last spring I was up in the weight room and the coaches just kept preaching all-state, make sure you are playing at an all-state level. I wasn't there last year, and I don't know about this year because they haven't come out yet, but I worked hard all season and I went all out in everything from 7-on-7's to the games, that's just what I do. I definitely play with a chip on my shoulder, but every time I step on the field I do so with the mentality that I'm the best player, and my goal was to prove I was one of the best players."

Haines is also a prospect on the hardwood, as he averaged 16.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game for the Trojans basketball team. ChippewaCountry will continue to stay updated on Haines recruitment as signing day approaches.

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