Haynes Discusses Buckeye Decision

Ohio State landed their 22nd commitment in the 2011 recruiting class with the decision of Bryce Haynes to become a Buckeye. Haynes, the top long-snapper in the country, informed Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel of his decision Friday night.

Ohio State has accepted the commitment of Bryce Haynes, of Cumming (GA) Pinecrest, making him commitment number 22 for the Buckeyes in their 2011 recruiting class. Haynes is ranked as the top long-snapper in America by famed guru Chris Rubio.

Haynes, 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, committed to Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel last Friday by phone, a day after the two of them spent several hours together, and formed a bond.

"Coach Tressel and I had a great meeting last Thursday, and we were together at my school for a few hours," Haynes stated. "Later that night, he came to my house for dinner, and he stayed for a while and spoke with my family. It wasn't anything major or anything, but we just hit it off really well."

"It always seemed like Notre Dame was going to be the right place for me, and I still think a lot of them," he continued. "But after speaking with my parents, it was clear that Ohio State was the best fit for me. I called Notre Dame Friday to let them know, and they were great about it. Then, I called Coach Tressel and committed to Ohio State."

Upon calling Jim Tressel to notify him that he wanted to commit to Ohio State, Haynes admitted he might have caught the Buckeye boss off-guard a tad.

"After talking with my parents, we decided I would call the coaches I wasn't going to attend first, before calling Ohio State," Haynes explained. "When I spoke to Coach Tressel, he was really excited, and I think I caught him by surprise a little bit. I think he expected me to wait until Signing Day to decide, so I definitely surprised him."

"All the Ohio State coaches I met were great, including Doc Tressel and Paul Haynes," he continued. "I feel good about my future teammates, and I know Drew Basil and Ben Buchanan pretty well. I just think I really fit in well with the people Ohio State has on the team, and that means a lot to me."

Haynes also took the time to discuss his feelings about being done with the recruiting process, and whether he was feeling more relief or happiness to have it over with.

"I definitely feel a little bit of both relief and happiness," he admitted. "I am extremely happy, but it has also been a big relief, and now I can back to my basketball season and my schoolwork. I want to major in the science field, and I know Ohio State will provide me with that opportunity."

"My dad was such a great help to me throughout the entire process," he added. "He sent out all the tapes and letters, and just did so much for me along the way. I will be at Ohio State next June, and I'm already looking forward to that day. I will be strictly a long-snapper for Ohio State, and I won't be playing any other positions at all."

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