February 5, 2009
Haynes happy to be a Ram
The Colorado State football team brought a very athletic offensive lineman into the fold when Dallas Jesuit High School tackle Brandon Haynes committed to the Rams in September. Haynes has a 6-foot-3, 285-pound frame, housing athleticism illustrated a 5.1 time in the 40-yard dash, a 29-inch vertical leap and school records in both the shot put and the discus.
Haynes has been winning track meets since he went to the USA Track and Field Competition in 2001. Haynes took top honors in the Bantam Division (ages 9-10) with a shot put of 33-feet, 11-inches. Last spring, Haynes went to the Texas State Track meet, taking seventh in the shot and eighth in the Class 5-A discus. This year, Haynes has had one track meet already this winter and set a new personal best with a 56-foot, 3-inch throw.
"I think I have practiced more on my technique," Haynes said. "I still have a long way to go until state. I want to break a couple school records. My goal is 60 feet."
Haynes committed to Colorado State, while carrying an offer from Northwestern State and hearing from Kansas, Louisiana Tech, North Texas State, Southern Miss, UNLV and Duke. The Texas big man said he got calls after his commitment from schools who wondered how solid his commitment was. He will be one of four seniors at Dallas Jesuit High who will sign NCAA Division I football scholarships on Wednesday.
For Haynes, the commitment was easy - the combination of coaches and Fort Collins made it tough for him to think of going anywhere else. Haynes is interested in a business major with a look towards a career in real estate. Haynes said he would like to help people to find their dream home.
"The first thing that attracted me to CSU, was the city was amazing," Haynes said. "Being around the players and coaching staff, I felt they would be the perfect fit for me for the next five years. I liked the support they have set up on the academics and the ability to work on a Masters while you play football. It is the opportunity for me to get the most education that I can get."
And so Haynes will move to Fort Collins in July, bringing his first with him - a '91 Honda Accord.
"It is my first car and I got it knowing that in my senior year I would need my own car to drive myself," Haynes said. My parents are surprised I fell in love with that car. It is a little older and I am a big Mustang guy, but to me, it is my first car and I love that car more than a lot of other things."
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