Haynes Is In

The Rebel coaches have been looking for more speed off the edge and have stated that was one of their main priorities in recruiting. It appears they have filled that need in one Marquis Haynes, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive end out of Jacksonville, FL, via Fork Union Military School.

Marquis, who has signed with Ole Miss and will be able to come to school second semester (January) as a true freshman and will go through spring training, relies on speed as his main weapon, but the 6-3, 220-pounder also believes he is a good mix of speed, power and tenacity.

"I came in second in the state track meet in the 100 meters with a time of 11.1," said Haynes. "I also high jumped 6-10 and long jumped 22-7. I have good speed and I am quick off the ball.

"I also have good strength. I am repping 315 pounds in the bench 10 times and I have had a power clean of 305 pounds in the past, but I think what puts me over the top is that I never quit on a play and play every snap like it's my last. I go hard and i keep fighting, no matter what. I never give up."

For the past couple of weeks, the recruitment of Haynes has been somewhat covert. Most assumed he was going back to North Carolina where he signed out of high school, but that did not work out.

Ole Miss, South Carolina and a couple of more schools got wind of the situation and jumped into the recruiting fray.

Ole Miss asked for a special request from the NCAA for an official visit during the dead period and was granted that.

Marquis and his guardian came to campus over the weekend and they were sold, thus his signing at the end of the visit.

"I like everything about Ole Miss, everything. I am really pumped up. It reminds me of North Carolina in a lot of ways. It feels like home," said Haynes. "I like the coaches and the facilities and everything going on there.

"This was not a hard decision for me."

Haynes led University Christian (Jacksonville) to the 2-A state title in Florida his senior year playing "all over the field."

At Fork Union this past season, Haynes registered 16 quarterback sacks, 9 forced fumbles and 1 interception.

He is eager to get to work at Ole Miss.

"I need to get bigger - I'd like to weigh about 240 for next season," he closed. "I also need to learn better technique and how to use my hands better, but that will come with Coach (Chris) Kiffin and the individual attention I will get at practice."

Haynes will be a true freshman during the 2014 season. His situation is like a high school senior who has graduated early and enrolls at mid-semester. Technically, he has 5 1/2 years to play four.

A rush end was a priority for the Rebels. It looks as if they have secured one in Marquis Haynes, who one insider called "a young C.J. Johnson."

Good day for the Rebels.

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