Haynes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian, took the ACT earlier in the month and expects to receive his score on Monday.
"I feel like I did well," Haynes said. "I feel like I got a good enough score to go to North Carolina."
If he receives a qualifying score, Haynes believe he'll still be able to enroll in the second summer semester like most incoming freshmen – although he admits that's difficult because of how late he'd be enrolling.
If his qualifying score is indeed too late for summer enrollment, he'll wait until the fall semester to arrive in Chapel Hill.
However, if he doesn't receive a qualifying score, Haynes and UNC have discussed a back-up plan – spending the fall semester at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. UNC – specifically assistant coach Dan Disch – has done the legwork with FUMA, as Haynes hasn't spoken to anyone at the prep school. yet Once it's determined that's his path, Haynes will begin communication with the school and its coaching staff.
"Coach Disch said either way it goes, he still wants me to come to North Carolina," Haynes said.
Enrolling at FUMA would mean Haynes' Letter-of-Intent with UNC would be voided. Thus, he'd be free to be recruited by other schools. Haynes says in that situation he'd stick with UNC, with the goal of enrolling in January.
Although his goal is to get to UNC as soon as possible, Haynes sees the potential positives in spending a semester at FUMA.
"I'll be able to improve my attitude towards academics and other things," Haynes said.
In the 2014 class, UNC is pursuing a second University Christian prospect – Josh Allen. Haynes has had a few conversations with his former teammate.
"I just tell him it's a good campus and a great school, but I tell him I want him to choose a school for himself," Haynes said.