Last year, the Maryland staff pulled a pair of defensive backs out of Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), and this year they have a bead on a pair of 2017 secondary stars. The Terps have been after four-star safety Daniel Wright for quite some time, and on May 17 they offered three-star corner Randall Haynie.
“It was kind of crazy with how the Maryland offer came about. First, Coach [Chris] Beatty came to watch me workout [May 16], and then a day later Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] and Coach [Mike] London came through,” said Haynie, who holds offers from UMD, Duke, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, WVU, Wisconsin, Arkansas, BC, Purdue, USF, UCF, Kentucky and more. “No other school has done that, so it meant a lot to me that they’re showing that much interest. It shows how badly they want me there and how excited they are about me. And that just got me more excited about them, and it definitely made me pay attention. Maryland is definitely a school I’ll be looking at.”
Although a trio of Maryland staffers stopped by Gibbons, the 6-foot, 180-pound Haynie hadn’t heard from them prior to May 16-17. He’s just now beginning to build a rapport.
“Coach Beatty messaged me on Twitter after he saw me and said he was really impressed with me and is looking forward to getting to know me,” Haynie said. “And I’m sure Coach Aazaar and Coach London will be in touch too. I’m looking forward to getting to know them all and then meeting them when I go up there.”
Haynie may only be beginning his relationship with the staff, but he already knew plenty about Maryland. That’s because the Terps’ two 2016 signees, Elisha and Elijah Daniels, have been hyping UMD to their teammates since February.
“I’ve been talking to those two a lot, and they will definitely have an influence on me,” Haynie said. “I’m very close with them, I’ve been talking to them, and they say Maryland is a great school, Coach [D.J.] Durkin is great coach. and he looks our for you. They told me about the facilities, they showed me pictures of the upgrades, they told me about the campus, and they said it’s a good academic school. So it’s definitely a school I’m interested in.”
Haynie evidently did some research on his own too. He said he actually watched Maryland before the Daniels brothers even committed.
“I used to watch Maryland because of the uniforms; they definitely caught my eye,” Haynie said, laughing. “And I know Will Likely is an All-American DB and Stefon Diggs was real good for them. So I knew about them growing up. Now I just have to find a time to get up there, if not during the summer then during the fall for a game.”
The Terps may reside among Haynie’s current leaders, but there’s a few other programs whose assistants have already made inroads and have the three-star’s attention. Those include Michigan, Wisconsin and Duke.
“Michigan definitely stands out and Wisconsin does too. I’ve been building relationships with coaches from those two and they are coming back for my spring game [May 19] too. So I can’t wait to see those guys again,” Haynie said. “Then Duke is in there too, because one of my former teammates is there now and has been telling me good things about the school.”
There’s one suitor Haynie doesn’t have yet that he’s seeking an offer from, however. Hometown Miami has long been on the Gibbon’s product’s mind.
“I’d love a Canes offer. They’re interested and they came to a practice, so I’m just waiting for the offer,” Haynie said. “I’ve always been a Canes fan. I wouldn’t say I’d commit immediately if they offered -- I’d have to see the school itself and look into them -- but they would definitely be up there.”
So far, Haynie has visited Miami, UCF and Florida. He’ll be at Michigan June 17, Vanderbilt June 24 and then Duke sometime in June as well. Haynie isn’t sure what other schools he’ll be checking out, “but there will probably be more later in the summer.”
As far as a decision timeline is concerned, Haynie said late fall is the target date.
“I’d like to get through my senior season without thinking about recruiting, but then pick it back up right after that,” Haynie said. “Then I’ll probably take a couple officials -- not all five -- and then commit like in December.”