Johnny Haynes: His Coach's Take interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with MacArthur High School head coach Brian Basil about Johnny Haynes, a 5-10, 175-pound wide receiver from Irving, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Brian Basil: He's pretty versatile. His sophomore and junior year he played at inside receiver and also at running back, and then last year (as a senior) he was our featured running back. As a receiver, he's got unbelievable hands, and as a running back he's very explosive. Another thing about him, from the standpoint of a skill position player he is as physical of a blocker as I've ever seen. Even as great of an athlete as he is one of the things he specializes in is blocking for other guys. He's the best blocker of any skill position guy that I've coached or that I've played against.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Brian Basil: For him and just like any kid, just the learning curve of learning the new terminology, new formations, and the sophistication of a playbook. Everything is magnified.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Brian Basil: It's hard to single out one play because every year that we had him he did some different things that were pretty special, from some big catches that he had in games, from some big runs that he had in games, and even some big blocks that he had in games. There was one game in which he put three kids out of the game with his blocking. It's hard to single out one thing because he does so many special things. He's been able to contribute in our offense in all three of those phases – running, catching and blocking. About the only thing that I don't think he's done is throw it, and he can do that as well.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Brian Basil: Passionate, physical, and explosive.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Brian Basil: He went up there last summer for camp and he loved it. When he found out he had an opportunity to be a part of the Oklahoma State program it was a pretty easy decision for him.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Brian Basil: He's been able to contribute in a number of different ways in high school and I think he's the kind of kid who will do whatever you ask him to do. I think he'll bring that to the next level. If you ask him to block for someone, as long as he's able to contribute to the team's success, he's going to be willing to do that. I think he'll continue to be the type of football player who can really change a football game.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Brian Basil: I'll remember the passion that he played the game with. He loves playing football and he loves competing. It didn't matter if it was a Monday practice, a Tuesday practice, a Wednesday practice or a Friday night football game, he had one speed that he would play at and that never changed. He's a kid who just loves playing football.

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