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Wake Forest Football Player Profile: Offensive Tackle Phil Haynes

Learn more about the redshirt freshman.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive tackle Phil Haynes is a redshirt freshman out of Enloe HS (Raleigh, NC). Haynes impressed the staff enough at a camp in June of 2014 to earn a late scholarship offer. He came in a 6-4, 260 pounds and slated to play defensive end, but in the past year he has gained 20 pounds (most of all offensive linemen on the team) and is expected to compete for a starting job at left tackle (likely against Will Smith).

Adding to the mystique of Haynes and his unscratched potential is the fact that he has only been playing football for three years. For a guy as big as he is, I would expect exponential growth over the next couple of seasons. You can't teach size, but you can teach skill, technique, and everything else necessary to develop into a very impressive offensive lineman.

It is obvious that his teammates respect him, as he was picked in the first round of the #aWAKEning draft. While it may take a year or two to develop, and there will be growing pains over time, I am very excited about Phil Haynes and what he can mean to the Wake Forest football team for years to come.