Haynes: "I know I made the right decision"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is hot right now and as promised we continue to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Here is the follow up James Haynes days after committing to Oklahoma.

Internet boards lit up this past week when West Orange (TX) Stark athletes James Haynes and Trey Franks made the call to Oklahoma. It was a big week for the Sooner program.

Sooners Illustrated recently published an article talking with Franks about his commitment.

And now, with the follow up, we pulled the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Haynes away from his favorite watering hole for a follow up to see how he feels after a few days have passed.

"I'm still loving it. I know I made the right decision," Haynes said while heading home from fishing. "Plenty of people have been calling and asking me what it took. All I know is that I am glad to be a Sooner."

Though Haynes held scholarship offers from schools nationwide, in the end it came down to two Big 12 schools, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Up until the final call was made Wednesday, July 22, it seemed as though the Aggies may have been in the driver's seat.

But Haynes set the record straight.

"Oklahoma was just right for me," Haynes said. "With (Texas) A&M, coach Mike Sherman just got there and they are trying to build a program. With Oklahoma, they are in the big bowls every year and coach (Bob) Stoops has the program going well.

"But really, Oklahoma was on me much harder than Texas A&M. I just felt the Sooners wanted me more."

The calls from Haynes and Franks were only minutes apart, but the two called different coaches than the other. For Franks, it was assistant coach Jay Norvell while Haynes made the call to assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright.

In fact, Haynes gave coach Wright the jolt he was looking for.

"He (Wright) was so happy when I called to commit," Haynes said. "He said that I made his day because he was not having a good day on the golf course. The decision just made him feel better.

And Haynes too. 

Now with that behind him, Haynes is looking to do a few different as he and the Mustang team gears up for the 2009 season. 

"When I first got my offer from Oklahoma I had other offers, but you know this is Oklahoma," Haynes said. "I was surprised because they just played in the national championship. Now that I am committed, I want to take my game up to the next level. With Oklahoma, people expect a lot more and now that I am a part of that, I will do more.

" I have always had a hard-hitting mentality, but now I want to take my intensity up a notch as well."

Haynes said that he is trying to see about making another trip to Oklahoma when he has a bye week the weekend of September 25.


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