For much of the 2015 football season Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons cornerback Randall Haynie flew under the recruiting radar. That quickly changed once his junior film got out.
"On the football field things went well," said Haynie. "I had 10 interceptions, a couple pass break-ups, and over 40 tackles," Haynie said. "I did pretty well. I locked up most of the competition I went against."
More and more colleges are starting to agree. In a matter of months his offer list has grown from the low single digits to nearly a dozen.
"Right now I have 11," he said. Buffalo, Wisconsin, Duke, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, FAU, Arkansas, Indiana, (Central Florida), and Michigan."
When the Wolverines joined the list about a month ago at this time it represented the talented youngster's biggest offer thus far. He remembers the exact moment as if it occurred yesterday.
"I didn't see it coming at all, it caught me by surprise," Haynie recalled. "When I heard I was really excited. It was a school day and at lunch I had talked to Coach Zordich and we spoke and he introduced himself. Later that night he said can you call me back I've got some good news for you. That's when he told me they were going to offer me a scholarship. I got caught by surprise cause I didn't know that would happen."
Instantly the Maize & Blue went from being a school Haynie hardly considered to being a major factor.
"I watched them a couple times and I had some interest cause Denard Robinson was there and I watched him at Deerfield in high school," Haynie said regarding his thoughts on Michigan before he was offered. "I wanted to be like him and play like him in little league. I knew about Michigan and used to watch them, so I did have a little interest in them. But like I said I didn't know they were going to offer me."
In recent weeks the Sunshine State standout has spent time learning more the Wolverines, primarily through phone and social media interaction with the coaches in Ann Arbor. The two he has chatted with most are defensive backs coach Mike Zordich and Jim Harbaugh. Both have made extremely positive impressions.
"(Zordich) is a real cool guy," Haynie said. "He just keeps it 100 with me all the time and he really is excited because I told him I was coming up during the summer and he was really excited about that. I think it's going to be good."
"I've talked to Coach Harbaugh too and what everyone says about him is true. He's a character. I also talked to the recruiting coordinator at Michigan and they're all really excited about me. They all want to see me in the summer. I'm going to one of their one day camps but I'm also going to make it a visit."
That will be one of a number of stops that he hopes will help him put his list of early favorites in order.
"My top five is Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Rutgers," said Haynie. "I'm going to try to get to all of them (this summer). I know I'm going to Michigan, Duke and Vanderbilt because I already talked to my coach about it and he said he was going to take me up there for those three. I'm going to try to fit Wisconsin and Rutgers in there, but my dad and I haven't really talked about that yet."
"I'm going to take a couple visits in the fall and I'll probably make my decision in November (or) December."
That gives him plenty of time to fully evaluate each of his suitors.
"The most significant factors will be the academic level of the school because I really take pride in academics and have a 4.0 GPA," Haynie said proudly. "Also, my relationship with the coaches. Are the coaches just recruiting me or do they actually want me to go to that school? Also, location. I prefer to stay on the east coast but if I really like the school and it's on the west coast, I'll go."