Published December 23, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Like the junior college transfers a few days earlier, Marquis Haynes has taken the long way to get to Ole Miss and the SEC.
As a high school senior last year, the (Jacksonville, Fla.) native first committed to play for Charlie Strong at Louisville, then in Aug. 2012 he switched his allegiance to North Carolina and signed his letter of intent with the Tar Heels. But academic issues got in the way and after two attempts in the past year to come aboard with North Carolina, he decided to go another direction. After spending a post-grad year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, Haynes decided to take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend after North Carolina wouldn’t accept him back academically. He also had picked up recent offers from South Carolina, Michigan State, Miami, Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.
Haynes is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end. He was rated a three-star prospect in the high school class of 2013, and he’s a three-star in the post-graduate school ratings. He will be on campus in Oxford, Miss. in a few weeks as an early enrollee. He signed a letter of intent over the weekend, and has all of his eligibility intact thanks to going the post-grad route instead of JUCO.
“I mean, I learned a lot throughout that route I took, and it made me stronger,” Haynes told Saturday Down South after signing. “I think this is big for me because I get to learn more and show my potential in the SEC, and the program at Ole Miss is good. It feels good heading to the SEC, and the coaches love me because of who I am and what I can bring.”
Ole Miss now has four early enrollees who will be on campus in January, and they have 25 prospects on board total for 2014. The Rebels have been busy in December. If the 2015 and 2016 classes are included, they have brought on seven additions this month alone–including the retention of heralded DB C.J. Hampton and DE Garrald McDowell.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.