SCPrepNation.com recently conducted a one-on-one interview with Pinewood Prep ATH, Bruce Haynes, to see how things have been going as of late. During our exclusive interview with Haynes, the gifted athlete discussed the latest on his recruitment along with some of his goals for the 2009 football season.
SM: On last season you lined up on both sides of the ball for Pinewood Prep. You lined under center and you also played a little bit of safety. What position have you been receiving the most recruiting attention for?
BH: Most schools have been recruiting me as an athlete. Some have said quarterback, while others have said wide receiver. So I'm really not sure right now.
SM: Now the last time we spoke Bruce, schools like SC State, Georgia Southern, Vanderbilt, and the Citadel were expressing interest in you. Has anyone else been coming on to you lately?
SM: Who would you say has been coming on the strongest?
BH: I would have to say South Carolina State, Georgia Southern, and The Citadel.
SM: Did you have a chance to attend any camps or combines this summer?
BH: Yes sir. I went to Georgia Southern for a football camp. I really enjoyed the camp. I worked out with the quarterbacks, and I also worked out with the receivers. I think I performed pretty well out there.
SM: Now you also play basketball for Pinewood, and to my understanding you've been attracting some attention from colleges on the hardwood as well. Talk about some of the schools that have been expressing interest in you on the hardwood?
BH: Georgia Southern, Queens, Allen University, and USC-Upstate. I think that's about it for now.
SM: Do you have a preference as to which sport you want to play in college?
BH: No sir. Not right now.
SM: Switching gears to your upcoming senior season with Pinewood… You guys lost quite a few key players from last year's football team; Laquan Gilliard, Melvin Lesure, to name a few. How've you guys been re-adjusting after losing players of that caliber?
BH: We have a few people that have been stepping up in practice. We have some pretty good receivers who have really been coming on strong early on. Moses Simmons has also been doing a great job running the ball for us so far. And RB/ LB Damien Simmons has been stepping it up big time.
SM: Have you set any personal goals for this upcoming season?
BH: I want to get my interceptions down this year. Last year I had 10, and I want to get that number down this season. I also want to help Pinewood win their first state championship in football. I would also like to get more rushing yards this year.
Note: Last fall, Bruce passed for 1671 yards and18 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 870 yards and15 rushing touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Haynes intercepted 3 passes for the Panthers.