“It was a good playoff run,” Riley Haynes said. “We made it to the state championship and played hard and played good. Through the playoffs, I had a high ankle sprain and played in just 2 ½ or of the games but did well when I played. We lost in the state championship, but we fought hard.”
Haynes’ Nease squad had a 14-1 record during his junior season, 13-2 this year, and the 6’1, 210-pound linebacker hopes for more of the same success next season. “We’re definitely losing some guys but we’ve got a ton left. We’re losing the James Wilsons, the Clyde Yandells, some defensive backs, but we’ve got a lot coming back and our junior class has a lot of good players.”
Included in that group of juniors are several prospects that Wake Forest is recruiting – all of whom visited Winston-Salem earlier this season along with Riley Haynes. “It was the two Bates kids (Graham and Hunter,) [quarterback] Ted Stachitas and offensive lineman Dalton Faulds. We all went up for a visit and watched a game. I think all of them will eventually have D-I offers. I know [Wake Forest is] recruiting Ted really hard and pretty sure they’re recruiting the others.”
While Haynes was able to make many trips to Wake Forest to visit brother Hunter Haynes and check out the Wake Forest football program, he will have one more opportunity to see the team in the next month. Haynes plans on attending the Orange Bowl along with his family.
“We’re just taking the next couple of weeks off [of football] and then starting up after the Orange Bowl,” Haynes said. “I’m going down there with my brother to watch them play. Then I’m working out at the hit center and working on some things.”
“I need to get bigger and I definitely want to get faster. In college, you’ve got to have speed. Bigger, faster, and stronger.”