"It made me look forward to January."
Haynes, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, signed with UNC out of Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian School last February, but is prepping this semester at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. He says that he is academically qualified and thus set to enroll at UNC in the spring semester.
"[FUMA] isn't difficult at all," Haynes said. "If you get your work done and follow directions, you'll be alright."
Being one of the first visiting recruits to arrive on Thursday for UNC's matchup with Miami – which was dubbed "Zero Dark Thursday" – allowed Haynes to spend extensive time with UNC's coaching staff, including an individual meeting with Larry Fedora.
"He just told me my role and what I'm going to do when I come in," Haynes said. "He said he wants to use me a lot on defense and take advantage of my pass rushing skills. They want me to come off the edge and get sacks"
Haynes is unsure if those pass rushing skills will be utilized at the Bandit position or defensive end. In six games at FUMA, Haynes has ten sacks.
Between his meeting with Fedora and pregame warm-ups, Haynes hung out in the players' lounge with UNC assistant coaches Dan Disch, Keith Gilmore, and Vic Koenning.
"Basically, they said they can see that I'm getting bigger and they can't wait for me to come," Haynes said.
Every Tuesday, Haynes speaks to those same three coaches plus Fedora.
"They tell me that they need me," Haynes said. "They said they need me my pass rush on their defense."
After about an hour in the players' lounge, Haynes headed to the football field to watch the team warm up before taking his seat for the game.
"I liked the atmosphere," Haynes said. "The fans were really into the game. The team played well and the defense looked good."
Given FUMA's schedule, Haynes is unsure when he'll return to Chapel Hill. His next trip likely won't be until his postseason official visit.