Signee Update: Marquis Haynes

North Carolina signee Marquis Haynes has a fairly simple formula when running the 100-meter dash. That approach helped him produce a fast time in the event at the FHSAA 1A Championship Track and Field Meet a couple of weekends back.

"I run faster when I run against people that run faster than me," Haynes said. "I guess that helped out a lot [in the championship meet]. And I just imagine me chasing down the running back from behind."

Although the Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian defensive lineman placed second in the event, considering his 6-foot-4, 222-pound frame, his 10.76-second time was blazing. While he continually clocked sub-11-second 100 times during the season, his championship time was his fastest of the year.

Haynes did place first in the high jump at the meet with a 6-foot-8 leap and also took fourth in the long jump at 22-foot-3.75.

During the season, Haynes also was a part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, but neither qualified for the championship meet.

Between his track-and-field performance and helping University Christian win a state championship in football, Haynes was a part of the basketball team. On the hardwood he averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game.

Despite being a three-sport star, Haynes has found time to devote to the workout regimen UNC sends its signees.

"I have two off classes and I use those for my workouts," Haynes said. "I feel like I'm gaining my weight like I'm supposed to."

Haynes says he's tipping the scales at 222 pounds. He played the football season at 205. His goal is to surpass 230 before he enrolls at UNC.

Outside of the weight room, Haynes' focus is becoming academically qualified.

"We're just finishing up some things to make sure everything is clear," Haynes said. "I just have a little bit of work to do and I'll be in."

Haynes says that work is primarily improving his core GPA, but he also plans to retake both the ACT and SAT.

Haynes, who is looking to coach once his football career ends, plans to major in sports management at UNC.

"That will help me be prepared to be a better coach and help out kids," Haynes said.

During his recruitment, Haynes communicated with both Deke Adams and Dan Disch. Since Adams departed for South Carolina, Haynes' contact is almost exclusively with Disch. Haynes says he hasn't had very much contact with Keith Gilmore, who filled Adams' void as defensive line coach.

"[Disch and I] talk once a week," Haynes said. "He encourages me to finish up strong in school."

Haynes isn't exactly sure where he'll play within UNC's 4-2-5 defense.

"I just know I'm going to bring something new to their defense," Haynes said. "They are just going to wait until I get to campus, because my speed now is off the charts. They've never seen an ordinary defensive end run the type of speed that I'm running. I just know I'm going to work hard and give my team what it needs."

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