Haynes looking at LSU

West Orange-Stark athlete James Haynes made a name for himself on both sides of the ball this past season. Now, the talented junior is looking to push his name into the top tier of the 2010 Lone Star State recruiting class talent.

"I played pretty well this season," Haynes said. "I was not able to get the ball a whole lot until the end of games. I played both sides of the ball a majority of the time, whether it was wide receiver or running back on offense or cornerback or free safety on defense."


The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Haynes said that college coaches are leaving his position at the next level open, at least for now.


"All of the college coaches that are coming after me are really just throwing the athlete label on me," Haynes said. "Nobody is being very specific with it yet, so I think they want to get me into camp and look at some more film before deciding what position to recruit me for. I am a natural free safety, but I can play some wide receiver and shine."


With the talent that the Lone Star State-product possesses, it is no wonder that the interest for his services is coming early and often.


"I am getting so many letters," Haynes said. "Texas Tech already offered me, so I was pumped about that. Then I am hearing a lot from Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Michigan, Purdue and Stanford."


A school that has also had some contact with the east Texas-native are the Bayou Bengals, and Haynes hopes that more is in store for him and the Tigers.


"I have been talking to LSU here and there," he said. "I have always been an LSU fan, watching games and stuff like that. My family is all from the Opelousas area, so whenever I get over there it is LSU and Saints football all the way."


As for an offer from the Tigers, Haynes said that he would be at a loss for words.


"It would be a great honor, and I would be pretty excited," Haynes said. "I like LSU a lot not just because of the program, but also the fact that it is close. I don't want to go far to play, and that would be comfortable for me to play down in Baton Rouge. I am going to try and get down for one of the Junior Days."


Though he was unable to attend a game in Tiger Stadium this season, Haynes was able to take in the Oklahoma State game against Texas.


"It was a great Big 12 match up," he said. "I was really glad that I got to check it out, because the game set the attendance record, if I am not mistaken. There were a lot of people there and it stayed intense the whole time. I am looking to see more games like that over the next year before I have to make that decision when I am a senior."


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