Haynes Hitting Weight Room Hard

When Riley Haynes verbally committed to Wake Forest last November the coaches knew they were getting a hard-working, talented linebacker prospect.

The brother of Wake Forest linebacker Hunter Haynes, Riley checks in at 6-0, 210-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. While that's fine for a rising senior, Jim Grobe and his staff have told him to gain weight before arriving in Winston-Salem a year from now.

"They've told me they want to be in the 220-225 pound range, so I've got a little work to do," said Haynes. "I've got to eat a lot and work out hard. I'm the kind of guy that's not going to gain weight unless I'm really trying to hard, so it has to be a focus."

When he committed to the Deacons, Haynes spurned offers from the likes of Nebraska, Ole Miss, Louisville, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. He remains a solid verbal, and that won't change any time soon.

"I'm definitely solid," he said. "Right now I'm just working out with my team, Monday-Thursday, from 7am 'til noon. We'll meet for an hour, then do some lifting, then run.

"I'm definitely seeing a lot of improvement. My clean, bench and overall speed are going up. I had hit a plateau for a little while, but I've broke through and I'm making progress. My clean is at 325 pounds and my bench is up to 350."

Haynes is the type of linebacker that is always playing downhill and moves well sideline-to-sideline. He's intense and known to be a tough hitter. He has high hopes for his squad at Nease High School in St. Augustine, FL.

"I really feel like we're going to have the best team in Nease history this year. We're going to have 18 senior starters on offense and defense, and between all our defensive starters probably half of us are going to play Division I football. It should be an exciting year."

As a junior Haynes recorded 80 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

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