Haynes Speaks Oklahoma Official

Recruiting coverage at Sooners Illustrated is hot right now and as promised we continue to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. We talked with West Orange-Stark athlete and Oklahoma commit James Haynes after his official visit this past weekend.

While he was anxious to get up to Norman, OK and see the program he committed to, West Orange (TX) Stark athlete James Haynes was hoping to still be playing ball on the high school level for the Mustang squad.

But after an uncharacteristic first-round loss, Haynes was caught a little off guard.

"I guess I will be visiting Sooner rather than later," Haynes said after the loss. "I was not planning on going until December."

And though that was the early plan, getting to Oklahoma this past weekend was not so bad after all. Aside from the fact that the Sooners blanked the ranked in-state Oklahoma State team in the Bedlam match, more than dozen official visitors were in town to take in the action.

Many of which were Sooner commitments.

"It was fun being up there. Everything was great and there were like 14 (official visitors) of us there this weekend," Haynes said. "I got to chill with all of them and they are all cool. I am going to love playing ball with these guys."

As mentioned earlier, Oklahoma came away victorious in the Bedlam game 27-0. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Haynes took in the entire experience, from the field to the stands.

"It's crazy out there. You just hear people yelling back and forth, Boomer-Sooner," Haynes said. "As for the team, I'll be honest that I was not playing much attention to the offense, but defense, I stood for most of the game. From Oklahoma State, there were no big plays and no deep balls. 

"I mean, the team came together and not only won the game, but shut them out. That's a good feeling knowing that I am coming into a strong defense like this."

The cornerback position is what Haynes is slated to play once enrolled at Oklahoma. Assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright is Haynes' recruiting coach and the two got to spend a little more time together this past weekend, along with another commitment as well. 

"Coach Wright said that he can't wait to get us corners in there working with the team," Haynes said of Wright's conversation with he and Aaron Colvin. "He was telling us that we are both solid at our positions and to be ready when it's time to go."

So with that behind him, what are his final thoughts?

"Oklahoma is my school. I'm done and sold," Haynes said. "This is the place I need to be, nowhere else. Just to get the opportunity to play for a school like Oklahoma is great. I can't wait to get there."

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