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Official Dawgs Central Prediction/Player Eval for 3* Receiver Yazeed Haynes

Jason Brassell

If you look at the commit list for Georgia for the 2023 class, you'll notice that it's loaded with highly ranked defensive prospects. From Joenel Aguero to Gabe Harris, the Dawgs will have a top of the line defense for years to come. You'll also notice that the list of offensive commits includes tight ends, offensive linemen, and one receiver. Raymond Cottrell is the lone pass catcher of the group and one of the longest committed players. He's going to need some help chasing down those dimes from whichever 2024 quarterback decides to 'Commit to the G'.

Enter Mr. Yazeed Haynes! We told you guys Saturday to keep an eye on Haynes to flip and he took the first step yesterday in decommitting from Penn State. The speedster (4.39 40) committed to the Nittany Lions on June 12th, the weekend he took his official visit to Happy Valley. This was shortly after decommitting from Rutgers, where new UGA defensive backs coach Fran Brown was on staff. UGA offered him 11 days later on June 23rd and now he has a chance to join the National Champions.

We expect this to happen soon, as Haynes is expected to visit this weekend. It would be a big surprise if he leaves Athens as an uncommitted prospect. If he were to jump on board, he'd give the Dawgs some much needed speed at the receiver position. While every receiver on the roster has their own unique qualities, of tinjured Arian Smith and true freshman CJ Smith are the only two burners we have. With the offense that it looks like Todd Monken wants to run, we're going to need more than one speedster every couple of years.

That's where Haynes comes in, as well as Anthony Evans. When prospects seem to come up out of nowhere many fans understandably ask if that means something negative with other targets. In this case I don't think it has an effect on Evans and believe UGA would take both in this class in a heartbeat. These two burners along with Tyler Williams, Hykeem Williams and Jalen Hale are the top receiver targets on the board for the Dawgs. We're also a top team for William Fowles, who is committing in early August.

As mentioned above, we don't expect Haynes to last until early August. Even if he does for some reason, we expect him to be a Dawg!

As he does for all of our projected UGA commits, Graham broke down Yazeed’s film here. When watching the tape he found a more complete wideout than he expected to. Yes, Haynes has special speed that makes him a vertical threat on every down, but he is a better route runner than most guys with his type of 40 time. He likes Haynes’s field awareness and the way he gets to the sticks before making his breaks on in-routes and out-routes. Haynes is also more physical after the catch than a lot of guys his size and shows good lateral agility in combination with his straight line speed.


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