Position: Defensive end
Weight: 220 pounds
Offers: Pittsburgh, West Virginia, FIU, USF, Minnesota
Class Impact: Charlie Strong is putting together a nice defensive recruiting class and Haynes is another solid piece to the puzzle. With Haynes commitment, Louisville now has a pair of versatile safeties in Donel Elam and Terrence Ross, a talented cover corner - four-star Ryan White and fast-rising Georgia linebacker Jacarthy Mack. Haynes gives the Cards an athletic pass rusher at defensive end.
Scouting Report: Haynes looks like a solid prospect on film as a downfield tight end threat, but shows up even better as an edge rusher on the weak side. Extremely versatile, Haynes possesses explosive 4.5/4.6 forty speed and has a quick burst at the line that is difficult for opposing offensive linemen to stop. Haynes needs to add strength to his frame to compete at Louisville's level, but possesses the frame, athleticism and speed to develop into a dangerous edge rusher for the Cardinals.
Who's left?: The big name left on Louisville's defensive end board is hometown standout Jason Hatcher, a four-star prospect from powerhouse Trinity. The Cardinals have prioritized the 6-foot-3, 240 pound Hatcher, who is ranked the No. 3 DE in the nation and is also is strongly considering Tennessee, Ohio State, USC and South Carolina. Hatcher has made multiple visits to Knoxville and the Volunteers might be Louisville's toughest competition.
Final Take: Haynes decision wasn't a shocker considering Louisville was the only school he visited before announcing his choice. The Cardinals "quietly" brought Haynes on campus during spring practice and continued to "work" him throughout the spring. Ron Dugans' effort with Haynes paid off with an early commitment for Louisville from a promising defensive lineman with considerable upside.