UNC's comeback bid fell short, 39-34, when the Tar Heels' final drive ended four yards short of the end zone with 1:44 remaining on the clock.
Since he switched his verbal commitment from Louisville to UNC in early August, Haynes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian, was looking forward to this contest – and strongly considered visiting Louisville in order to see the game live.
"I didn't have time after my game Friday, so I didn't make it up [to Louisville]," Haynes said.
Saturday's game was the second UNC game Haynes was able to catch on television. He also watched UNC's one-point loss to ACC rival Wake Forest. Haynes says he hasn't focused so much on the contests' outcomes, but on UNC's freshly installed 4-2-5 defensive scheme – particularly how the Bandit position is utilized.
"I feel like when I get a chance to play that position, it's going to be very fast," Haynes said. "There's going to be a lot of chances to go after the quarterback."
Pursuing the quarterback is Haynes' specialty. In four games for University Christian – all victories – Haynes has accumulated eight sacks. In the scheme he currently plays in, he's not asked to drop into coverage, like UNC's Bandit does, but athletically he's capable of doing so as proven by playing tight end on offense.
Despite his verbal commitment to UNC, Haynes says other schools have continued to contact him. The most persistent of those schools include Kentucky and Minnesota.
"Other schools are calling, but I'm mostly talking to North Carolina," Haynes said.
In particular, Haynes has weekly conversations with Larry Fedora and UNC assistant coaches Deke Adams and Dan Disch.
"They're fired up about getting me up there," Haynes said. "I'm still working on it, but I'll probably going [to visit] on my bye week."
Haynes' bye week coincides with UNC's home game against Idaho. He is working on details to make the visit an official trip.
"I think it will mostly be about getting around the players," Haynes said. "Previously when I visited, I saw most of the campus and learned about the academics."
Haynes camped at UNC in June, where his performance solidified his Tar Heel scholarship offer.