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Monday, March 4, 2013
OT Haynes continuing Skyline tradition

By Damon Sayles

PLANO, Texas -- It’s no secret that Skyline High School in Dallas has built a very healthy recruiting reputation. The 2014 class already has a Texas A&M recruit in cornerback Cedric Collins, and players like offensive tackle Ty Barrett, safety Derrick Dixon and linebacker Victor Evans are expected to sign with BCS teams.

Offensive tackle Phillip Haynes rarely is mentioned in that discussion, but the Skyline lineman admits to being somewhat introverted about his recruiting process. On Sunday, the 6-foot-4, 256-pound tackle used the Next Level Athlete North DFW Video Showcase as his coming-out party of sorts, shining in lineman drills enough to take home the MVP award for offensive linemen.

“It’s amazing. To see all these great players around me, from all the different schools around Texas and the U.S., it’s amazing,” Haynes said. “I feel like it’s my time. I’ve been behind the shadows. I haven’t been to any camps or anything, so it’s my time to step up.”

Haynes brings developing power, quickness and improved technique to Skyline’s offensive line. At 256 pounds, Haynes also can add weight and appear to hold it well. He said he is looking to bulk up to 270 pounds before the 2013 season starts.

While recruiting has been somewhat quiet for him, Haynes said he has received early interest from Oklahoma. He’s hoping new interest will pick up during the spring and summer seasons.

Being named the MVP of the NLA doesn’t hurt recruiting, either.

“I got a lot of everything there,” he said. “I can do some of those drills at home. Right now, I’m all about improving my speed and my strength. I’m just trying to get better.”