Over the last several weeks, CB Dean Haynes from Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Ga has quietly worked his way into becoming one of the southeast’s top corner prospects for the class of 2009. At the recent Scout/UnderArmour combine held in Atlanta, Haynes measured at 5-11, 178 pounds and had the fourth best 40-yard dash with a time of 4.4-seconds en route to being named to the all-combine team. He also recorded a 4.25-second pro shuttle and solid vertical jump of 35-inches.
A couple of days after the Atlanta combine, Haynes made the trip up to Raleigh to participate in NC State’s football camp. Despite working out with a slight hamstring pull, Haynes proved to be one of the top defensive backs in attendance. He showed a solid backpedal, good hips and the ability change direction quickly. The rising senior recently told Pack Pride he came away feeling good about his performance for the Wolfpack coaches.
“My workout at State went good,” he said. “None of the receivers there caught a ball on me so I thought I did pretty good. I felt like I improved a lot.”
At Northwest Whitfield, Haynes has become the go-to guy all over the field. He lines up at quarterback while also playing full time at cornerback. Haynes is even used on kick returns. As a junior he accounted for 440 yards on 45 carries while primarily running the option from his QB spot. At corner, he logged 45 tackles and five interceptions- returning one of those for a score.
With a solid junior campaign and impressive spring combine tour under his belt, Haynes has landed early offers from Navy, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Western Carolina and Army so far.
Another one he’d like to add is NC State but it hasn’t been made official just yet.
“I’m not sure about an offer from NC State yet,” said Haynes. “I haven’t talked to my coaches because I haven’t been back to town yet but I’ll talk to them when I get home.”
On his first visit to NC State, Haynes said he came away thoroughly impressed with what the Wolfpack had to offer and that’s helped propel the Pack to the head of his favorite’s list.
“As soon as a I walked on campus I fell in love with it,” he said. “Everything was nice. I really like the coaches there a lot. The DB coach (Mike Reed) was awesome. The facilities are great. I just liked everything about it. It’s definitely my top college still.”
As Haynes works to land additional offers, he said that he plans to wait the recruiting process out for a while to see just how many schools will get involved. However, there would appear to be at least a slim possibility of an early commitment.
“I’d like to have an idea of where I want to go but I also kinda want to wait until after my senior season to commit so I can find out who else is going to offer and see what my options are.”
When it comes time to make his decision, Haynes said he’s primarily focusing on schools that will give him the opportunity to play college football in a big-time atmosphere while also offering his intended major for college.
“I don’t really mind not playing my freshman year,” he said. “That’s not a big deal to me. I really do just want to play big-time football. I really just want to play after high school. I want to go somewhere that has a good sports medicine program because academics are real important to me too.”