Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons 2017 cornerback Randall Haynie is quickly becoming one of the more sought after prospects from the Sunshine state.
On Friday, he had the opportunity to check out two of his top schools at nearby Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, as both Michigan and Maryland played host to Haynie and other top prospects from the area.
Before hand, Haynie spoke with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb, detailing some of the top schools sticking out in his recruitment, with both Maryland and Michigan sitting near the op of his list.
“The thing about Maryland, it’s a great school,” Haynie said. “D.J. Durkin, I met him today, he’s a great coach. He really made his pull with me.”
Haynie is still impressed with how Michigan defeated Florida, 41-7, in the 2016 Citrus Bowl on New Years Day.
“Michigan went to the (Citrus) Bowl last year and they won, they blew out Florida,” Haynie said of U-M. “Obviously they are real good. Michigan is great academic school. I love everything about Michigan.”
Adding: “I thought Florida was going to put some what of a fight up,” Haynie said with a laugh.
U-M secondary coach Michael Zordich is Haynie’s main recruiter, and so far they have a good connection says the three-star standout.
“He is actually the one who told me to come out here today,” Haynie said of Zordich. “He’s real cool. He’s a great guy, a great coach. He coaches Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis, two of the best corners in NCAA. I really like that.
“I also like coach (Jim) Harbaugh. He’s real great. He’s out here today. I’ll be speaking to him too.”
Upcoming, Haynie plans to visit South Florida this coming week, Michigan on June 17, Maryland that same weekend, and Vanderbilt on June 24.
And once he gets his visits out of the way, Haynie says he plans to announce his final decision after his senior season, but also noted that he could commit at the end of the summer if the situation is right.
“Some of the visits that I’ll be going to, that will mainly dictate (my decision timeline), and then seeing how everything plays out,” Haynie said, adding his notable factors in his decision. “Location of course, academics of the school. Obviously it has to have great football. Really what me and my parents like as a family.”
“I don’t want to go anywhere that is on the west coast,” he said. “Or a time change or anything like that.”
Video Interview by Sam Webb