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3-star JUCO DB Jonathan Haynes commits to Ole Miss

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Commitment No. 24 is in.

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The recruiting dead period is still going but the commitments have yet to stop now that Ole Miss and Matt Luke have received a verbal pledge from Jones County Junior College safety Jonathan Haynes, per Demetric Warren, Varsitypreps Director of Scouting & Recruiting. The junior college rankings No. 3 safety chose to commit to the Rebels after only taking official visitors this summer to Memphis and Oxford.

Haynes, the No. 39 overall junior college player also holds offers from Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Kansas, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and is receiving interest from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and LSU.

As a freshman at Jones County last season, the Benoit, Miss. native played in eight games, totaling 30 tackles and snagging one interception. Haynes is an early enrollee and will be in Oxford soon, which is great because as you all know, the defense needs a lot of help if it wants to get back to its Landshark roots.

How does he fit in?

The 6’0, 205-pound safety already has a Power 5 frame and the skill set to match. He is your prototypical center field safety prospect who can read and react, get downhill in a hurry, and lay the wood. Last season in Ellisville, Miss., if you were coming over the middle when playing the Bobcats and you didn’t get down, you were most likely cut in half by Mr. Haynes.

After the flop of former four-star Deontay Anderson, the Rebels are looking for someone to step up at the third level and be that physical enforcer. Haynes looks and plays the part extremely well and as you can see by his offer sheet, other Power 5 programs were starting to take notice as well. Haynes has been familiar with the Ole Miss staff throughout his recruiting process thanks in large part to former staffer, Barney Farrar.

You might remember him.

The Ole Miss Spirit’s David Johnson spoke with Jonathan's college coach, Steve Buckley, about what kind of player the Rebs are getting and they could be in store for more than just a safety.

“Jonathan Haynes is a special player. I know that,” Buckles continued. “He got here and adapted very quickly. He’s a physical player. He’s a good-looking, NFL kind of player. His hips and his feet are unbelievable. He’s a tremendous kid and a tremendous player.”

And despite being listed as a safety, Buckley mentions the possibility for Haynes to help out at the second level as well.

“Absolutely, I think he could play that position,” said Buckley. “Again, he’s so physical. I timed him myself...we had three clocks on 4.47 and 4.48 in the 40. He’s so explosive. There’s no question in my mind he could play there or anywhere else in the back end.”

This is another solid addition to a very important class in Luke’s first season at the helm as the head coach in Oxford. Haynes is a well-built defensive playmaker who should contribute immediately upon his arrival. Jonathan is the fourth safety in the 2019 class for coach Jason Jones, joining Tay Standifer, A.J. Finley, and Tyler Judson.