"The trip was everything and more," Haynes said. "They broke us into three groups, and we just walked around touring the campus and meeting the staff. The facilities are very nice. My dad and I got the full tour of the place. It really does not get much better than what they had."
During his tour, Haynes ran into both Houston-native Russell Shepard as well as strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.
"I got to meet coach Moffitt, and you could tell he really loves the game," Haynes said. "He was trying to hold back his excitement and just show people the tour, but you could just tell he just wanted to let it out.
"When I ran into [Russell] Shep, he told me that coach Moffitt was the real deal. Shep had already gained a few pounds and gone up 40 pounds on the bench press in just a couple of weeks, so I was impressed."
Though he had been receiving letters from wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, last Saturday was the first time that the two had met face to face.
"Coach Mac was really cool," Haynes said. "He looked me up and down and said that he really liked my size. We did not talk for too long, but that definitely stood out when he said that. He wants me back for camp in the summer, and I told him I would be down for the spring game as well."
The early interest from high-profile schools is a reflection of what Haynes (6-1, 185, 4.55) has shown at camps and combines, and not based off his production from his junior campaign alone. He caught only 14 passes for 166 yards with two scores, and rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Haynes will get plenty of offers over the coming months, but if one comes his way from the Tigers it could all be over.
"I feel like if they come with an offer, I am committing on the spot," he said. “I have always been an LSU fan and my family is all from the Opelousas area. To get to play in front of them would be hard to pass on, and to get to play for LSU would even be harder to pass up.”