Haynes Taking Detour

North Carolina signee Marquis Haynes's route to Chapel Hill will take a minor detour.

He will spend a semester at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before enrolling at UNC in January.

"I was real close on the [ACT] test," Haynes said. "I missed it by two points.

"I'm not happy that I'm not enrolling at North Carolina right now, but [prepping at FUMA] will give me another semester to get better. It's not like a bad situation."

Haynes, who played his high school ball at Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian School, will arrive at FUMA on August 13. Outside of taking an SAT/ACT Prep course, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end is unsure what his class schedule will entail.

Haynes doesn't plan on visiting FUMA until his arrival date.

"When I think of military life, I think of just a rough nature," Haynes said. "Like an environment that will get me more mature. But I'm kind of used to that because of my mom. The changes I face can only make me a better person."

Haynes has yet to speak to anyone at FUMA, but his head coach, David Penland, has. Meanwhile, the majority of the legwork to place Haynes at FUMA was done by his primary UNC recruiter, Dan Disch.

"He has been very supportive," Haynes said. "He handled the majority of the stuff to get me into Fork Union."

Haynes won't be enrolling at FUMA alone. His teammate, Jeremiah Hamlin, plans to also prep at FUMA. Hamlin, a running back who originally committed to Richmond, has actually spoken to the coaches at FUMA.

"[Hamlin] said he's going to try to follow me to North Carolina if he can," Haynes said.

Regardless of what happens with Hamlin, Haynes will be joined at UNC with at least one of his former University Christian teammates. Josh Allen, a 2014 offensive guard, committed to UNC a couple of weeks ago.

"I'm real happy that him and I will come in together as true freshman," Haynes said. "That's a good thing right there."

Haynes said that he never recruited Allen for UNC, but instead offered advice.

"We talked and he told me how he really liked his visit to North Carolina," Haynes said. "He said he fell in love with North Carolina. I told him that I wanted him to commit because that's what he wanted to do – don't go there because I'm going there. I told him ‘You just have to go where you fit in at.' And I guess he felt that was North Carolina."

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