At this point, there are no stars on Tate Haynes’ recruiting profile.
He’s hoping to turn some heads this summer, though, and will be in Boulder next week to try to do just that.
A 6-foot, 1.5-inch, 185-pound quarterback from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Haynes is taking an unofficial visit to CU on Monday, along with teammate Jacob Isen, a lineman.
“What initially attracts me is it’s not far from home and I have family in Colorado,” said Haynes, who is the son of NFL and college football hall of fame defensive back Mike Haynes. “I’m familiar with the area. And, it’s the Pac-12. The Pac-12 is definitely a conference I’d love to play in.
“I’ve heard good things about (Colorado). I can’t wait to get out there and see for myself.”
Haynes, who is part of the 2017 class, is an exceptional athlete who has a 36-inch vertical leap and posted a long jump of 20 feet during the track season this spring. Mainly a sprinter, he ran the 100 meters in 11.08 seconds and placed third in that event in the CIF San Diego Section finals. He also posted a time of 22.24 seconds in the 200.
Currently, Haynes has one scholarship offer, from Boston College. Despite not playing defensive back in high school, he said some schools, including Washington, have talked to him about playing corner.
Haynes isn’t sure where he’d play if came to CU, but prefers quarterback.
“I’d have to talk to them more about that,” he said. “Coach (Charles) Clark, the defensive backs coach, that’s the coach that came by our school and introduced himself to me. I haven’t been in a lot of contact with (CU), but I would hope they’re looking at me as a quarterback.
“If I end up playing on the defensive side of the ball, so be it, but I really think that I’m a good quarterback.”
Haynes is hoping that CU and other schools agree.
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