ORLANDO, Fla. – Three-star defensive end Marquis Haynes (Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian) admits he didn’t follow too many of the rumors surrounding head coach Larry Fedora.
Turns out it wouldn’t have mattered much to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior either way.
“I really like coach Fedora and the staff but I love the school more than anything,” Haynes said. “The school was what sold me. I just fell in love with North Carolina when I camped there.”
Haynes said that despite the Fedora rumors he was in contact regularly with members of the Tar Heels coaching staff, and defensive coordinator Dan Disch stopped through the school last week to visit.
“He talked to me about working hard and just staying on the grind,” Haynes said. “And that’s what I tried to do all week in practice and during this game. That’s what I’m going to be trying to do at Chapel Hill.”
Haynes was a force in Friday’s Class 2A state championship game. He had four tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups, a sack and four quarterback hurries in University Christian’s 28-10 victory over Homestead (Fla.) Dade Christian.
“It was the game that we needed to have on defense,” Haynes added. “It’s such a great feeling.”
Haynes flipped his commitment to North Carolina from Louisville after attending UNC’s summer camp. He also has offers from Miami, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois and several others.