Recruit Focus: Gary Haynes

All information in this post is courtesy of  BeaverBlitz and Hudl.  Again, I highly recommend both of these sites for the best and latest information on Beaver Football recruiting.

All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.

Gary Haynes

3 Star (5.6)
HT: 5′ 9″
WT: 160
POS: Wide Receiver
HOMETOWN: Manvel, Texas
OTHER OFFERS: Houston, La Lafatette

Hudl Profile

Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Slot Receiver
What Beaver this player reminds us of: James Rodgers, Brandin Cooks

– Flat out fast and quick
– Great open space moves, makes people miss
– Has that Nintendo side step that leaves defenders two yards away from him with one move
– Very good hands
– Amazing cuts in his routes
– Again, great open field moves, gets two to three extra yards just by juking defenders
– Ferocious blocker
– Always looking to hit someone
– Has an amazing spin move that is quick and gets up-field
– Very quick release (especially for his height)Very difficult to get a clean tackle on
– Great punt return instincts
– Did I mention he has amazing moves in open space?

– Small frame, but really, not a big deal
– Can get caught ‘over-juking’ and tackle himself

Currently, Oregon State’s coaches are hosting a camp in the great state of Texas.  The Get It Done Sports Camp at Hall Stadium in the Houston, Texas is the latest site of Oregon State’s satellite camp circuit and I felt it was worth it to review one of the stand-outs from that camp.  According to BeaverBlitz, electric receiver Gary Haynes is very interested in the Beavers.  If you watch one second of his film, you will know why the coaches reciprocate said feelings.

Haynes is lightning in the bottle that is surprisingly polished for a young player.  If you watch his Rivals Camp Highlight video (subscription required), you will see him working against various top prospects.  Gary shows the ability to separate both vertically and laterally with great cuts out of his routes.  The 5’9″, 160 pound Haynes reminds me of a hated rival as much as anyone.  D’Anthony Thomas had the ability to create space around himself with his speed and moves.  If you can watch the linked film, at the 38 second mark you can see two straight plays where Gary uses his cutting ability in his routes to leave the defender in the dust.

The difference between Gary and Thomas is readily apparent in his Hudl Junior Highlight film where you see him make amazing plays, but also show that he is an incredibly physical blocker.  Haynes has a few clips where he just drops his defender and is always looking to light people up. In that respect, Haynes definitely reminds me of James Rodgers.  He is short, but plays big and fast.  He catches with his hands away from his body and has a very high concentration level.

Haynes also seems to have some attitude about him.  He plays with swagger and appears to back it up on the field.

While Gary won’t garner the same attention that Thomas got for whatever reason, but he is definitely in that league.  If the Beavers can wrap him up, they will have a guy that is going to push for playing time from day one.  Just watch his highlights and you will see a guy you want wearing the Orange and Black.

Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Haynes come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter at Receiver.  I don’t think he will redshirt and will probably be a special teams returner like Bolden, Cooks and Rodgers ahead of him. My guess is he will be a slot guy and will run a few fly sweeps and routes as a freshman.  He is really impressive, but his blocking is the part that I think separates him from others.  A guy like him that can be a plus blocker will make magic happen at Oregon State.

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