Texas QB already impressing colleges

Most of the top quarterback prospects in Texas were on hand this past weekend for the much anticipated Nike Combine on the Texas A&M campus.<br><br>Crosby, Texas, signal caller Kellen Haynes (6-2, 210, 4.7) was not able to make the trip to College Station, but college scouts already know who he is by the numbers he posted over the last two seasons.

During that span, Haynes completed 375-of-684 passes for 5,482 yards and 49 touchdowns with 28 interceptions. He received several post season honors for his play over the last two years with the most impressive being sophomore of the year in his district in 2001, and first team All-Area and first team All-District in 2002.

"I'm more of a drop-back, reading defenses kind of guy," Haynes told Tiger Rag. "I have some mobility but I'm not trying to be Michael Vick or anything."

Haynes credits his work in the weight room and the film room for a lot of the success he has enjoyed over his prep career. There are not many quarterbacks in the NFL that can bench press 375-pounds, but Haynes has hit that mark on more than one occasion. He also has an incredible work ethic in the classroom that has led to a 3.5 grade point average and an 1120 SAT score.

"I feel like I'm in control of the offense at quarterback," Haynes said. "I know what everyone is doing. I know what the defense is lined up in and where the play is going. I like the whole leadership thing."

All of the Texas Division I schools are recruiting Haynes, and he is also looking at LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma and Colorado. A scholarship offer from the Texas Longhorns would be a dream come true for the gunslinger from Crosby, but he realizes that may not pan out.

"Texas is still a big dream but I don't think they are really planning on signing a quarterback this year," he said.

Other than Texas, Haynes said he likes what he sees at LSU.

"I've always liked them," he said. "Recently, I watched them in the SEC Championship with Rohan Davey and that LaBrandon Toefield guy, and I just liked them. I liked what they did with their offense and stuff. I also like coach (Nick) Saban. He seems like a really good coach."

The Bayou Bengals nabbed a top quarterback prospect out of Texas in 2003 in Matt Flynn of Baytown, and Saban could have a good lead on another Lone Star gem for 2004.

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