"Really, I didn't feel real well with the commitment and everything. Every time people asked me about Louisville, I wouldn't know what to say. But when people would ask me about North Carolina, I'd feel happy... I didn't want to go to Louisville knowing that I don't feel comfortable there. When I was at North Carolina, I felt more comfortable."
Originally, Haynes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian, verbally committed to Louisville in late May. However, he camped at UNC in June where he earned a Tar Heel scholarship offer.
"The [UNC] camp played a big role, because I got to be around the coaches a lot and see the campus," Haynes said.
Since the camp, Haynes's feelings towards UNC progressively improved, culminating with Sunday's verbal commitment.
"That whole time, I had more communication with them than Louisville," Haynes said.
Specifically, Haynes had weekly conversations with Larry Fedora and Disch.
"They would always tell me how happy they would be to have me and how important my role would be on the team," Haynes said.
According to Haynes, UNC made it clear that its 2013 recruiting class was quickly filling up (he is the 18th verbal commitment). However, Haynes said that didn't factor into his decision.
"They told me they only had one spot left [on defense] and I got it," Haynes said.
Unlike his initial commitment, Haynes says this decision is final.
"This is it right here," Haynes said. "I may go visit Louisville again to see what's up, but it's North Carolina – and that's final."
UNC projects Haynes to play the Bandit position in the Tar Heels' 4-2-5 defensive scheme.