UNC Is Home for Haynes

Although he was nearly seven hours away from home, Tar Heel pledge Marquis Haynes didn't feel displaced during his North Carolina official visit over the weekend.

"It really wasn't different," Haynes said. "It felt like I was with guys I've played with before. Actually, I played against some of them. So there was a good bond."

Haynes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian, was surrounded by fellow North Floridians for most of his stay. Freshmen wide receiver Kendrick Singleton, who played high school at Baker County which is just outside of Jacksonville, was Haynes's player host. The two spent a great deal of time with sophomore wide receiver Sean Tapley, a Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines product.

"We had a lot of fun and they could relate to me," Haynes said.

The Jacksonville theme continued with the coaching staff. The UNC coach Haynes spent the most time with was Dan Disch, a Jacksonville native who coached high school football for 22 years in the area.

"He basically talked about what I'm going to do when I come up there and how I'm going to contribute," Haynes said.

Originally, Haynes was looked at for the Bandit position in UNC's 4-2-5 defense. Haynes says the conversations have now turned to a true defensive end.

"I fit in with my speed, because they said I'm a good speed rusher for them," Haynes said. "They said I'll see the field when I come up there if I work hard."

Haynes also spent some time with Larry Fedora.

"He just said how excited he was to have me up there," Haynes said. "And he talked about how happy he was to have me committed to them."

Haynes camped at UNC last June, where he was offered a scholarship. A couple of months later, he switched his verbal commitment from Louisville to UNC. This past weekend was Haynes's second visit to the campus and first as a Tar Heel commitment.

"I got to see the atmosphere, the players, and the dorms – basically what I'm going to be doing when I get down there," Haynes said. "I went around the campus, saw some of the classrooms, and saw a basketball game."

In fact, the UNC-Maryland basketball game was one of the highlights of Haynes's stay.

"It was nice to see how the students react to the game," Haynes said.

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