Haynes: Waiting on Film

Linebacker/fullback Hunter Haynes (6-2, 218, 4.6), of St. Augustine, Fla., is playing the waiting game, and so are a few schools.

"A lot of schools are waiting on film of me this season because I was out my junior year," said Haynes, from Nease High. "I played in the first game of the season last year and suffered a torn meniscus (lateral) and was out until the end of the season. I was able to play three games at the end of last season for playoffs. My knee is 100 percent now, but a lot of coaches don't know what I can do due to missing last season."

He claims 18 offers. More could be coming.

"I want to take it real slow and make sure I make the right decision. I am waiting a little longer to see how my relationships develop and which schools fit me best. There isn't a specific school that I am waiting on at all. I just want to see what develops.

"The atmosphere of the school is important to me. Also, the coaches, and how well I get along with them -- you have to be comfortable with them because you are going to spend four or five years with them -- so that's important. Academics are always important.

"It would be nice to stay close to home, but I have no problem going out west if I like the situation. Once you cross two states, everything is just a plane ride away," Haynes explained.

"Some of the schools that I am looking at out west are Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado and Stanford (all but Arizona State have offered).

"Wake Forest, Connecticut and Stanford (all offered) are recruiting me the hardest.

"I have started the application process at Stanford. There's a lot of paperwork, essays and recommendations, but I have started on that. I love Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett (specialists/recruiting coordinator) -- he's been contacting me. And their academics are one of the tops in the nation. Plus, it's in a great place in California.

"All but two of the schools are looking at me as a linebacker. Only Colorado and Ohio State (no offer) are looking at me as a fullback. I probably like playing linebacker better, but I wouldn't mind playing fullback for programs like Colorado or Ohio State," he said.

No official visits have been set. He has unofficially visited Wake Forest, Alabama and the Uconn.

Haynes reports 101 tackles in seven games this season. Nease (5-2) travels to Lake City to take on Columbia High on Oct. 21.

4.1 GPA (on 5.0 scale)/1110 SAT

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