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February 20, 2008

Not bad for a walk-on

If I was writing Recruiting Report five years ago when Joey Haynos was a high school senior, he most likely would not have been mentioned in this space. bloghaynos.jpg

I wouldn't have been alone in giving so little, if any, attention to Haynos.

Haynos (pictured here as a 6-foot-7, 220-pound freshman at Maryland) did not have a recruiting profile on either Rivals or Scout.

You can read more about Haynos' unlikely path from Terps walk-on to NFL combine invitee in an article I wrote for today.

But looking back, Haynos said he's happy he was overlooked from a recruiting perspective.

"Five stars and all that stuff, it’s ridiculous," Haynos said. "It makes kids so full of themselves because they feel like they don’t have to work. I think that was one of the best things to happen to me because I had to prove myself."

The Maryland staff gave Haynos the routine walk-on sell -- Bust your butt for a year or two, then we’ll see where you're at. If you work hard, you can earn a scholarship.

Haynos obviously took advantage of the opportunity, embracing that 'something to prove' attitude. Joe Haynos, Joey's father, recalled just how serious his son was about proving the gurus wrong.

"I can remember talking to Ralph Friedgen and him telling me, [Joey] will be on the scout team. I said, 'Well he’s not coming here to be a scout-team player.' Friedgen must’ve thought I was crazy, but lo and behold, it came to pass."

So take heed, potential DI walk-ons -- you could be the next Joey Haynos.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:42 AM | | Comments (1)


Matt, Nice set of articles! The repeating theme that I have seen comming out of Maryland (during the Friedgen era) is "character." Haynos is a bit of a high-profilr guy, and a fan favorite, considering his performance on the field. However, I am also very impressed with the not-so-well-known guys who contribute and graduate. I suspect that Hanos will find a roster spot somewhere. More importantly, I think that he will be a success at life. This is a great time to be a Terp!

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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