Haynes Has Official 'Blast'

Bryce Haynes left with three takeaways from his North Carolina official visit over the weekend.

"The biggest thing was I really got to know the coaching staff," Haynes said. "I got to sit down and talk with Coach [Butch] Davis a lot, which was really good.

"As well as that, I got to hang out with the players and I got to learn about the academics, including what majors are offered and talk to academic advisors."

Haynes, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound long snapper from Cumming (Ga.) Pinecrest Academy, isn't exactly sure what he plans on majoring in. However, he's considering something in science – perhaps marine science or pre-med.

Since becoming the first to offer a scholarship, Haynes has listed UNC as his favorite school. The official visit, which was his third to the campus, reinforced those feelings.

"Well, [my feelings] are really strong for North Carolina," Haynes said. "The only thing is I haven't really been to any of the other places where I have offers. It's more just I want to rule out and make sure there's nowhere else I want to go more, right now, because I really like Carolina. I love Carolina – I just haven't been some other places."

Two other schools have offered Haynes – Arkansas and Utah State. He has scheduled an official visit to Utah State for the coming weekend and will officially visit Arkansas during one of the first two weekends of January.

Michigan State and Ohio State have expressed interest in Haynes. However, he won't officially visit either school unless they extend a scholarship offer.

Haynes is looking to make a verbal commitment in mid-January after all of his official visits have been taken.

"I want to make my decision and then focus on school and basketball after that," Haynes said.

Arkansas's and Utah State's offer are a full ride. UNC, though, has only guaranteed Haynes a scholarship starting in spring '12.

"Right now, [UNC] has two senior long snappers," Haynes said. "One of the seniors has the option of coming back next year – I think it's Mark House. If he does [return], then I would red-shirt in the fall and then go on scholarship in January. If he leaves, though, I'd go on scholarship a lot earlier than that."

Haynes says the lack of a guaranteed scholarship for the fall semester will play into his decision.

"It's a factor, but I like North Carolina so much that one semester might not be that big of a deal," Haynes said. "It would be nice to have a full ride. If it's school that my parents have no problems [and] if it's a school that I like the most, then my parents don't have a problem paying the first semester."

Accompanied by his parents and sister, Haynes arrived in Chapel Hill for his UNC official visit on Friday night.

"We had a blast," Haynes said. "[The visit] was a lot of fun."

Since they had to head home early Sunday morning, the Haynes family met with Butch Davis on Saturday night following dinner.

"[Davis] talked to me about coming up for the summer and how they really want me up there, and asked me how I liked it, what I learned about the school from my visit, and asked me if I had any questions," Haynes said.

Walk-on kicker Thomas Moore was Haynes's player host during his stay. Among other things, Moore showed Haynes Franklin Street on Friday night.

"Thomas has a similar personality as mine – he's laidback," Haynes said. "It's nice to know there will be someone like me there."

On Saturday afternoon, Haynes attended UNC's basketball game against Kentucky.

"The atmosphere was pretty incredible," Haynes said. "The only other college basketball game I've been to was [Georgia]. I've also been to a couple of [Atlanta] Hawks games. I thought the atmosphere at UNC was pretty insane… When UNC took the lead late in the game on a free throw, the place went nuts."

Throughout the weekend, Haynes spent a lot of time with Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter. Mogridge had an in-home visit with Haynes last week.

"When he came over, he talked about the [official] visit and what I'd be doing and what his plans were for me," Haynes said. "He also is going to come over next week, as well."

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