Where do Sooners stand with Haynes?

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. West Orange-Stark athlete James Haynes talks updates Sooners Illustrated on a few things.

So far during the recruiting process, West Orange (TX) athlete James Haynes has been fairly proactive in his approach. He holds 16 total offers, but narrow his scope to a Top 3.

"My Top 3 schools are Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Florida," Haynes said. "I had 15 offers, but I just got one in today from Kansas."

But for all other schools, at this point, it may be tough to get in on Haynes. He expressed that he is open to hearing from others, but feels good about his final selections.

Decision day has already been established for a week or so prior to his senior season. And before that day comes, Haynes may sweep through as many schools as possible before giving the word.

"My dad and I want to take like week and go to as many schools that have offered me as we can," Haynes, who is looking at a late August decision, said. "We have not made a decision on that, but I would like to do that if we can. With my Top 3, I have been to all but Florida."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Haynes has made the trip to College Station for the Aggie spring game and the Norman trip was an unofficial visit during spring break. He has also camped at both Texas and LSU, and added that he "really shined" at the Tiger camp.

With the top programs, for the moment, no school has the edge over the other, but he does give the breakdown of how each made his list. 

"They are all just great programs. Florida and Oklahoma have both been to the national championship several times since 2000," Haynes said. "Both (FL and OU) always play in good bowl games and get plenty of wins. (Texas) A&M, I know is in a slump right now, but new coach (Mike) Sherman is looking to get the Aggies back in the Top 25. 

"All three schools are recruiting me pretty hard."

As the time goes by and Haynes is looking at the pros and cons of all the schools, he looks back at his time in Norman.

"They (Oklahoma coaches) had it all lined out. Everything was timed and orderly," Haynes said. "I saw the facilities, then we went to the trainers and the strength and conditioning coach, and the academics. And there were more stops as well and included practice. It was nice and the red carpet was rolled out."

As for his primary contact with Oklahoma, assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright is the coach he speaks with most frequently. He said that they do talk, but email is more often. 

In fact, he said that the two exchanged emails today.

"We talked on the email today and he was asking how I was doing. One of the things we talk about is how they plan to use me," Haynes said. "He (Wright) said that either cornerback or free safety would be my position. I want to play defensive back in college so that works for me."

Haynes played on both side of the ball for his high school team. He had 40 unassisted tackles three interceptions on defense. Offensively, he caught 14 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns.


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