May 10, 2013

Incoming Freshman Report: Marquis Haynes

Marquis Haynes is a 6-2, 225-pound defensive line stand-out that will soon be walking the halls of UNC's campus and terrorizing future teammates on the practice fields during his first collegiate training camp.

But before that takes place, Haynes admits he will miss his hometown before eventually embracing the Chapel Hill area.

"It's going to be kind of hard. I'm leaving Jacksonville, I grew up there but I'll be alright," said Haynes.

Haynes also says that his family won't be far away and will throw their full support behind him as he gets comfortable away from home.

"They said their going to try and come up and see me play and be supportive. Call me the day before to see how I'm doing," said Haynes. "Everything's going to be alright as far as family."

Once Haynes steps on the field, he expects to show off his explosiveness to anyone close enough to witness it.

"I think my speed and my physicality will help the defense out a lot because my first two steps are killers. I'm known for that," said Haynes. "UNC was the right school for me because of their defense. I like to move around with small defensive linemen that can move quicker and get to the quarterback faster and that's why I like them."

While Haynes is currently in a transition period, he's been mindful of keeping everything in perspective and getting himself prepared for the next level.

"Just football related stuff. Just trying to stay in shape and get ready. I've been following the workout program they gave us. Just hitting the track and the weight room, stuff that I normally do," said Haynes. "They've (UNC coaches) just told me to keep my head straight. Keep doing what I've been doing."

Haynes envisions himself becoming the next guy in a long line of talented defensive linemen that have played for UNC.

When asked who he thinks he plays like, Haynes responded with two words: Julius Peppers.

As he gets ready to start a new chapter in his life, Haynes took some time to reflect on where he's been and where he might be headed in the future.

"Probably winning another state championship," said Haynes when talking about what he'll miss most form his high school days. "After my career is over I'd probably like to go back and coach. Coach the younger kids and help them learn that there are still chances out there to be excellent and not give up on their chances of trying to be great at football."

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