Haynes: "It Went Great..."

After racking up over 200 tackles in his senior season, it's Wake Forest football that high school senior linebacker Hunter Haynes is looking forward to. This past weekend, Haynes got a taste of life at Wake Forest, taking his official visit to the University.

"It went great this weekend," Hunter Haynes said Monday evening. "I had a good time got to meet the coaches and players. I got to hang out with [other recruits] a bit, but everyone is on the go and on their own schedule and you're with your host."

Haynes was hosted by John Russell, a player he had already known. "I had met him before," Haynes said. "He's from Jacksonville so I had met him before. Coming up to the games this year, since he redshirted, he got to talk to me a lot more."

The 6'2, 218-pound linebacker arrived in Winston-Salem Friday night before getting into the meat of his visit on Saturday. "On Saturday, I got to meet with [the coaches] and talk football with Coach Lambert. My family met with Coach Grobe and talked to him a little while. They showed us around the campus and weigh and all the academic spots…"

Sunday, Haynes got the opportunity to see Wake Forest battle with Duke on the hardwood. "We went to the game last night and that was really fun even though they didn't win," he said. "It was a great atmosphere."

With his visit to Wake Forest finished, Haynes remains fully committed to the Demon Deacon program and is training hard to be ready when he arrives at Wake Forest. Haynes is currently working hardest to improve his speed even more. "In this game you can never be too fast," he said. "The one thing every offseason I want to work on is my speed."

This past season, Haynes showed that he already had some speed, amassing over 200 tackles, leading Nease High School to a state title. "This season we won states so it was really a great season," he said. "We had a great group of seniors and it was good. I finished up the season playing pretty well. Through 15 games, I had 201 tackles. I think I had about six sacks."

Next year, Haynes will bring his nose for the football to Winston-Salem, though he does not expect to see the field next season. "Coach Grobe's philosophy is to redshirt and have a good young class and have the older guys lead the team. He likes to redshirt kids and that's probably what I'll do," Haynes said.

Haynes expects to come in during the summer session to get acquainted to Wake Forest's academics before football season begins in August.

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