Haynes To Decide Next Week

The end of the recruiting trail is in sight for Bryce Haynes. The unranked long snapper from Georgia has narrowed his list to four schools and will make a decision next week. BuckeyeSports.com has all the latest.

Long snapper Bryce Haynes from Cumming (Ga.) Pinecrest Academy is planning to announce his college decision next week, head coach Charles Wiggins told BuckeyeSports.com.

Haynes has narrowed his list to include four schools: Ohio State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Harvard, in no particular order. He will visit Harvard this weekend and has already taken official visits to see the Buckeyes, Tar Heels and Fighting Irish. Arkansas also issued a scholarship offer but Haynes withdrew his interest in the Razorbacks, citing their academics and facilities.

According to Wiggins, the three schools Haynes has already visited have each offered full scholarships. Harvard can not do so but is still obviously recruiting him. For a long snapper, Wiggins said he realizes the situation is a rarity.

"(It is) the first I've ever seen, but Bryce is really good," the coach said. "He's in the pro category as far as getting the ball back to the punter or the holder so I can see why people want him. Not only that, he's got a 31 on his ACT and 1350 on his SAT. He's a good student who comes from a good family. I can see why recruiters would want him."

Haynes picked up the skill following his sophomore season when his coach gave him a DVD from Virginia Tech showing the necessary skills. He then attended camps at Florida and UNC where he was named the top long snapper, which led to another trip to visit the Gators.

"At Florida, he went down for a weekend and they made him work out and snap about 300 times and then they worked him out and he was still about a .65-.70 (seconds) getting the ball back to the snapper consistently," the coach said. "That's pretty good."

Other than that, Wiggins said he does not keep other statistics that quantify how well Haynes snaps the ball. The 6-4, 185-pound specialist was also an all-region defensive end and H-back, but each of the four schools remaining on his list are recruiting him as a long snapper.

The Buckeyes first became involved after they spied his highlight tape on YouTube.com, which can be accessed HERE.

"Then they contacted me to find out what kind of kid he was and then it went from there," the coach said. "They're definitely after him. (Safeties coach Paul) Haynes was here (last week) and stayed for a few hours and they talked to (Bryce Haynes) on the phone and his parents. They're definitely interested just like the other schools."

As for his official visit to Columbus, Wiggins said, "He loved it. Ohio State is football. Bryce is a football player but first and foremost he's an academic guy and he wants a good school with good academics because he wants to be a surgeon. His father is an orthopedic surgeon. That's most important to him and the football is just something he's worked on and he wants to commit to it and do a great job."

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