Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #60 CB
Size: 5-11, 180 pounds
Hometown: Tunnell Hill, GA
High School: Northwest Whitfield County High School
Projected position at NCSU: Cornerback
Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the #122 athlete in the nation...Class 4A First-Team All-State...North-South All-Star Game selection...all-area selection…area Player of the Year...recruited to NC State by linebackers coach Andy McCollum.
Stats: As a senior, Haynes totaled 99 tackles and seven interceptions. Offensively, he totaled 1,700 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns while lining up as Northwest's quarterback.
Commit Date: 8/6/2008
Recruiting Scene: After camping at NC State in June, Tunnel Hill (GA) Northwest Whitfield County defensive back Dean Haynes knew where he wanted to attend college. He considered offers from Army, East Carolina, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Navy, and UAB before committing to the Wolfpack.
Northwest Whitfield County Head Coach Mike Falleur says: "Dean is a tough, physical kid. He runs through people and refuses to come off the field. He is also a strong student a leader for our football team."
Scout.com Evaluation: An absolute burner, Haynes possesses elite speed. He utilizes it in many ways, including, and he performs at a high level. His team employs the Appalachian State offense, and he is clearly the focal point, running zone option and QB counters, etc, and he is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball.
At safety, he is able to fill the alley quickly and doesn't allow runners to clear back into the open field. His coverage skills are a bit raw, but he has the speed to compensate for any inadequacies and does not get into match-up problems. Where he might be the most dangerous, though, is at kick and punt returner. He has run kickoffs back against elite competition and teams always try to kick away from him.
Haynes also has an uncanny physical strength, though most are unaware of it. He is a very sound tackler and once he makes contact, he does not miss. He switches back and forth from cornerback to safety and really unloads from both spots. His ability to make the big hit, once again, stems from his strength. With the ball in his hands, he is very hard to tackle one-on-one.
He maintains a low center of gravity and runs through defenders with relative ease for someone his size. Combined with his speed, Haynes's strength makes him one of the more physically-complete players.
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