Haynes Gives Cowboys Another Future Target

In the new Oklahoma State offense there is a premium on receivers. Dana Holgorsen has said he would like to have at least eight pass catchers ready to go each fall, and to get that number that means you have to recruit plenty. Oklahoma State added another future target Saturday night when it gained a commitment from Johnny Haynes of Irving (MacArthur), Texas.

Haynes has been a running back for the Cardinals but he also has lined up some at receiver. As a junior, Haynes had plenty of highlights that added up to 864 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns. He is listed as one of the top 10 "athletes" as a Texas Football Top 300 player in Texas. <>p> Haynes said things moved fast for him as he was visiting family in East Texas for the Fourth of July holiday.

"They called my coach (Brian Basil)," said Haynes of the process. "He got ahold of me and told me that Oklahoma State had offered and then I called Coach (Doug) Meacham. He asked me what I thought of being a Cowboy and I told him I felt really good about it."

The question still begged, how good? Did Haynes commit to Oklahoma State? "Yes, I committed, answered Haynes.

It was just about three weeks ago that Haynes was in Stillwater for a one-day mini camp and he said that was a difference maker for him in deciding with all the offers that he tallied in recruiting, offers from some 18 schools, that Oklahoma State was the one he would accept. It was something he decided at that camp.

"I did," he said. "While I was there it felt like a new environment to me and I really like new environments. I tend to do good in places where I feel like that. I know I did good at the camp that day.

"You know what they see on video is good, but I can do more and do better than what you see and they had the chance to see me in person and up close," Haynes added.

The Cowboy coaching staff did, and so did we. Haynes made a catch everytime he had the chance. He lined up against a variety of defensive backs that were there but there wasn't one that could stop him that afternoon.

Haynes told us that he has a bench press of 285 pounds and his squat is up to a very impressive 525 pounds. That shows he is putting in the work over the summer.

The other offers in recruiting came from, among others, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and UCLA.

Haynes said that he will play running back again this season for MacArthur, but that Oklahoma State in recruiting him talked exclusively about playing wide receiver.

By the way, this season at MacArthur he is part of an experienced crew of skill players that have multiple scholarship offers and give the Cardinals a good chance of having a strong season. MacArthur was 6-5 overall and 3-3 and a bi-district playoff team.

"Yeah, I'll be at running back but I will keep my practice up on catching the ball," laughed Haynes. "A lot of times I motion out or line up in the slot, so it is not that big a deal for me."

Haynes added that his academic and career plans are to major in education or something that allows him to prepare to be a teacher and also coach.

His more immediate plans this weekend are to relax and hang out with family. It would seem he has something extra now to celebrate on this Fourth of July.

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