Louisiana DE looking for more offers

Last year was anything but normal for Metairie (La.) East Jefferson defensive end Harvey Haynes but 2006 is a whole new ball game.

Hurricane Katrina may have thrown Haynes (6-4, 220, 4.8) a big curveball when it hit in August but like many who were affected by the storm Haynes plans to bounce back stronger than ever.

"It was tough going through all of that and not being able to really enjoy our season," said Haynes, who started at defensive tackle but will move to the outside for his senior campaign. "Everything is getting close to back to normal and we are expecting some big things next year. Our goal is to win a championship not only for the team but also for the community."

Haynes may be a little lighter than most every down defensive ends in college but he has pass rushing specialist written all over him.

"He's got great range, a real long wingspan and good quickness on the edge," said East Jefferson head coach Marc Martin. "He covers so much ground for us and he did that playing inside.

"To give you an idea of that, last year Riverside had an all-state running back who was sprinting down the sideline against. Who was the one to come all the way from the other side of the field and catch him from behind? Well, it was Harvey. That was something to see right there."

Haynes offers something else you do not see from many guys who play on the defensive line.

"He runs the 110-meter hurdles for us and now we have him running a leg on the 800 (meter relays)," Martin said. "Running track is going to help him get a little faster and then outside linebacker may be an option for him."

Ole Miss was the first school to offer Haynes a scholarship and Auburn is reportedly very close to doing the same.

Martin said that LSU running backs coach Larry Porter has also been by the school to pick up film and to see if Haynes passes the eye test. Shortly after that visit Porter invited him to junior day to get a closer look at what the Tigers have in their arsenal.

"It was cool to finally see all of the facilities because you hear so much about them," Haynes said of junior day. "I talked to the coaches too and they said they will be coming by in May for one of our practices because they want to see how I run. They said I could be a good pass rusher and I also may be able to play SAM linebacker."

Haynes said he is ready for the recruiting process to take off and he expects more scholarship offers to come his way once the May evaluation period kicks into full gear.

The big question is will LSU be one of those offers?

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