Top BCS schools lead for Haynes' services

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at another target, James Haynes from West Orange Stark, in the talent-rich Golden Triangle area in Texas. Check out this SI recruiting update.

As recruiting continues full speed ahead, plenty of athletes are racking up frequent flyer miles by air and ground making trips to colleges unofficially. But, even though many of them are open to all interested parties, there are typically a few schools that have athletes' attention a little more than the others.

And that is the case with West Orange (TX) Stark athlete James Haynes, who is up to eight scholarships offers to date. The Top 2 BCS schools from this past college football season seem to have a bit of an advantage over the other schools showing interest.

"Right now I would have to say that Oklahoma and Florida are on top for me," Haynes said. "It's a tight race between the schools and both are good schools with good traditions."

But, that has not stopped the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Haynes from making the rounds to other schools. His offer list includes Stanford, Texas Tech, Florida, Oklahoma, Houston, Texas A&M, Missouri, and SMU

Programs Texas Tech, LSU, and Texas A&M are the schools he attended a junior days, but his trip to Norman was just an unofficial visit. And while he is high on the top BCS-level schools, he is still just enjoying the ride and taking it all in.

"This is a fun process and a good experience. To have people want you is a good feeling," Haynes said. "It has been a lot of hard put into this. It's good to see it start paying off."

With Florida, Haynes said that the Gators' recent national championships are huge and he likes watching them play defense.

"It is a great school and they have a lot of national championships in the last 10 years," Haynes said. "And even though I have not visited there, I can tell they have a great fan base and it seems like the school is in a good town for football."

As far as Oklahoma, Haynes made a trip to Norman just two weeks ago and the entire family came with him. And while this was an eye opener for him, he said it was a little overwhelming.

"I went to Oklahoma during my spring break and I spent two days down there," Haynes said. "My mom, dad, and my sisters all went with me. I got to meet all of the coaches and players and took a tour of the campus. It was really exciting. The academics are good and all of the equipment was nice. They (coaches) were telling me that they are building a new film and doing some new things in the training room as well.

"It was a lot to take in in two days, but it felt good being there."

According to Haynes, his recruiter and position coach defensive back coach Bobby Jack Wright. It appears that he and coach Wright have a solid relationship and keep in touch regularly.

His latest talk was about a week ago with Wright.

"He (Wright) and I try to stay in touch about every week," Haynes said. "When we talk, I know he can tell how excited I am to have an offer from Oklahoma and I can tell that he really wants me down there. We talk a lot of football and he keeps me informed with what is going on."

With Oklahoma in play, Haynes has realized that he may have to transition to another position from what he is used to. At West Orange Stark, he plays running back and wide receiver and is more of a secondary defensive player.

But in Haynes' talks with Wright, it seems like defensive back is in his near future.

"He (Wright) told me that I could play either cornerback or free safety," Haynes said. "I am more comfortable at safety, but I have been working some cornerback and I am feeling better in that position. I'm starting to get used to it. The perspective is different from a cornerback to safety."


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