Haynes, 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, played for from Cumming (GA) Pinecrest Academy, and is considered the nation's top long-snapper by famed guru Chris Rubio. Rubio is the long-snapping instructor of Rubio Long Snapping, working in conjunction with Chris Sailer Kicking.
Rubio, who personally tutored Haynes, also confirmed the player's decision to pledge to Ohio State. He also discussed the merits of Haynes.
"Bryce did commit to Ohio State Friday night," Rubio stated. "He just notified me, and said he probably wouldn't be doing any interviews this weekend, so he wanted me to let the media know. Bryce is a great kid, very quiet, and a player the Buckeye fans will surely appreciate, because he's the best in the country."
"I've sent over 100 long-snappers to college on scholarships over the years, and Bryce is one of the top three I've ever worked with," Rubio continued. "Ohio State is a great fit for Bryce. (Head coach) Jim Tressel spent yesterday with Bryce, and was with him from around noon until past 7 last night. They formed a bond, and today Bryce called him to commit to Ohio State."
"Bryce told me he just felt more comfortable with Coach Tressel and Ohio State, and he made a connection with the head coach," he added. "Bryce is a tremendous talent, and he is amazing to watch, with his speed and accuracy. He has a gift for long-snapping, and it should take him to the NFL some day."
Haynes on his decision:
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."