November 20, 2008

Haynes very content with decision

The weekend of Sept. 20 not only netted the Colorado State football team a dramatic win over the Houston Cougars, but also scored the Rams a tackle from the Lone Star State. Dallas Jesuit's Brandon Haynes committed to Colorado State that day and hasn't regretted his choice since.

"The city is beautiful," the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Haynes said Wednesday. "I loved the city and when I was around the team the players had a lot of respect for the coaches. It seemed like a family. They seemed like a real close-knit group on the team and they played well too. That is a bonus."

Haynes had scholarship offers from Colorado State and Northwestern State, as well as interest from Kansas, Louisiana Tech, North Texas State, Southern Miss, UNLV and Duke. Since his commitment to CSU, the phone calls have mostly stopped, except those from Colorado State assistant coach Tim Duffie. It was the Rams' cornerbacks coach who was Haynes' recruiting coach from Colorado State.

"He (Duffie) told me that they really wanted me and he could tell this would be a good fit," Haynes said. "He wasn't recruiting me just as a player, but more as a person and a leader. He said from everyone he talked to he liked what he heard about me and my reputation. He said that is a bonus to what I can I do on the field."

Haynes said he has been following Colorado State this season through rivals.com and yahoo.com's live radio feed of the Rams' games.

Despite his size, Haynes brings impressive athletic ability to the offensive line. Haynes has a 29-inch vertical leap, a 5.1-second 40-yard-dash. He also bench presses 300 pounds and squats 620.

Dallas Jesuit ended its season two weeks ago against Plano and managed a 3-7 overall mark this season. Haynes saw time at both guard and tackle.

"The season was actually pretty good for us," Haynes said. "Each week we improved on what we did. Offensively, we got a whole lot better from week zero. Defensively, they really got better too. We played a lot of state-ranked teams in our district."

"I started at tackle and I was pretty comfortable at that," Haynes said. "It was where I had been previous two years on varsity. Guard was a new twist, but it turned out I liked playing guard better than tackle. I like pulling and getting into the action."

Football isn't Haynes only sport. Last season he went to the Texas State Track meet to throw the shot put and discus, claiming a personal best of 169'11.5" in the discus and 55', 11.05" in the shot put. Haynes claims a score of 20 on his ACT and plans on becoming a business major and perhaps a physical therapy minor.




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