January 28, 2011

Haynes comes to a decision

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Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has never made any excuses for how much he values special teams and the importance that they play in deciding football games. The offer to Cumming (Ga.) long snapper Bryce Haynes came as a shock to many people when the news came out in December but the Buckeyes were not the only major program to offer the 6-foot-4, 185 pound specialist. But only one school could land the player and the Buckeyes were the school.

The relatively unknown player had offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina and Harvard to go along with his Ohio State offer. At one point it seemed as if Notre Dame was going to be tough to beat but the longer the recruitment went on the tighter numbers got at each school.

Tressel and the team will have to deal with the graduation of Jake McQuaide who held the position (and most people forget was on scholarship) and it is expected that Haynes will be able to step right into the position fight going into the 2011 season. The goal at the position is to get the ball to the punter in less than .7 seconds and Haynes has consistently been in the low .6's.

Chris Rubio has seen Haynes in action and is a coach affiliated with the Chris Sailer Kicking Camps and has nothing but good words to say about the new Buckeye.

"He's got shoulders where it looks like his shirt is still on a hanger," Rubio said in an interview with IrishIllustrated.com (Rivals.com affiliated site covering Notre Dame). "He's like one of those big Russian volleyball players, really gangly. But he's very athletic and runs the anchor on his school's relay team and he plays basketball. The weight room coach is going to drool over his frame. He'll easily bulk up."

We will catch up with Haynes later and find out what went into his decision and what is next for the snapping star.


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