"I committed last weekend at the Boston College game," Riley Haynes said. "I really like the school plus the academics. I like the guys and my brother plays there so that helps out a lot. My brother and I are great friends and wanted to stay together. I love the school – it's a program on the rise. I could have waited it out but there was no reason as Wake is where I wanted to be."
Along with the Demon Deacons, UConn, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson were showing the most interest. It was that combination of comfort, athletics, and the atmosphere building around the Demon Deacon football program that triggered Haynes to commit before his junior season had even come to a close.
"The BC game was my 3rd unofficial visit," Haynes said. "I went to the Syracuse game. That game and the Clemson game I went to see my brother and the game. They got serious after that and after the Boston College visit I committed. I've seen the school, weight room, facilities, and all so I know what I'm getting."
Meanwhile, Wake Forest is getting a 6'1, 210-pound linebacker who is a firecracker on the field. Haynes, who is expecting to gain some weight and play linebacker at Wake Forest, describes himself as a fiery player on the field who is always out to make the hit.
"I get caught up in the run and playing physical and fast," Haynes said of his game. "I think playing downhill and fast is a big trait of mine. [Hunter and my] games are actually very similar. We both like to get in there and hit you. We have a similar game. We play downhill and fast and sideline to sideline."
This season, Haynes has worked sideline to sideline to account for 85 tackles, 4 sacks, and 8 tackles for a loss in leading Nease High School to a 10-0 and undefeated regular season.