While the North Carolina football team is working hard on the field, the coaching staff is also still working hard on the recruiting front, shown by the fact that head coach Larry Fedora has nabbed yet another recruit for the upcoming season, Marquis Haynes. The 6’6″/225 lbs defensive end out of Jacksonville, Fl. was once committed to Louisville, but has now switched schools, was first on the radar of the staff when Haynes took part of the North Carolina’s June summer camp. In all the young man had scholarship offers from fourteen schools, including the likes of Miami (Fl), Michigan State and West Virginia.
“The [UNC] camp played a big role, because I got to be around the coaches a lot and see the campus,” Haynes said.
Haynes, who is enrolled at University Christian School, has played on both side of the ball at the high school level, but from what I have read on most sites he is going to be a defensive player only at the next level. At 247 Sports they have the young man has a three star recruit, while having him as the 26th ranked weak side DE and the 103rd best talent in the sunshine state. The site also says that the DE runs the 40 in 4.60. At Scout Haynes is not ranked and the site only gives him two stars. Over at Rivals the DE is ranked as a three star recruit and projected as the 40th best player at his position. Finally, ESPN once again puts Haynes as a three star recruit, while being the 42nd best at the weak side DE and the 90th best in the state of Florida.
Reading around the internet about the young man it seems that all that have evaluated him say that the speed and the ability to change direction that he has is going to be key for him at the next level, be it standing or with a hand on the ground. The key for Marquis Haynes is going to be how well he is able to bulk up as coming up to the next level his 220 pounds is not going to be enough to battle against big time offensive lines. Overall it sounds like the defensive end has the need to work on things, but also has an upside that seems to be pretty good. If he can live up to the expectations he can definitely be an asset in his years at Chapel Hill. In all Haynes is the third at his position in the `13 class, joining Nazar Jones (NC) and Dejuan Drennon (NJ), who either Scout or Rivals has as a four star recruit.
Has I have said many times, whether you are part of those that thought the former head coach should have been sent packing much before he did or that he should not have been let go at all, this is now the Fedora era, and he is doing a heck of a job, both on and off the field, to prove that to all. And while what the head man of the North Carolina football program has done in his first year is impressive, I have no doubt that it will only get better as the years move on. And as we all move on from the last couple of seasons it is nice to see that the team is buying into what the new coaching staff is doing, I am hoping that the fan base follow suit and we get behind what coach Fedora wants to do. For more information about Carolina football and basketball make sure to come back and check out isportsweb!