Prior to UNC offering a scholarship two weeks ago, Haynes, a Cumming (Ga.) Pinecrest Academy product, was staring solely at walk-on opportunities.
"It's been really, really exciting," Haynes said. "I was starting to think [playing collegiate football on scholarship] might not happen. I was getting ready to walk-on somewhere. But now that it has and it really has been picking up and it's really exciting. It's keeping me busy, but I really enjoy it."
On Saturday, Haynes attended his second UNC football game. Previously, he had attended the Tar Heels' home opener against Georgia Tech.
"At all the schools I've been to, North Carolina might not have the biggest stadium, but it has a great atmosphere," Haynes said. "It's actually a pretty great stadium. I know it was against NC State, so that obviously helps. [UNC] has a lot of tradition and they really get into it. It's a great place and I really loved it when I went up there."
Following the game, Haynes met with Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter.
"Well, we're setting up an official visit," Haynes said. "I'm probably going to go up there, I think, the 3rd to the 5th [of December] – that weekend.
"And also, he's going to come visit me [for an in-home visit]. We're still working on that."
Saturday's UNC visit also included walking around Franklin Street, including lunch at Sutton's.
"That was awesome," Haynes said.
Besides UNC, Haynes is in the process of scheduling official visits to Arkansas and Utah State.
"I'm not too sure when I'm going to decide," Haynes said. "It could be any time between now and Signing Day. It probably would come a little bit sooner, though."
Heading into official visit schedule, UNC is the leader.
"Not only is their football team great, but they've got great facilities and they are ranked high in the country in academics – that's really important," Haynes said. "Chapel Hill is really cool – I'm looking for something like that in a college. Also, Coach Mogridge is awesome – I really like him."