North Gwinnett’s Haynes headed to Mercer

Terance Johnson

One of the state’s most prolific senior passers made his college commitment known earlier this week when North Gwinnett’s Michael Haynes committed to Mercer on Christmas day. Haynes pulled the trigger on a pledge to Mercer as Bobby Lamb was in early on the North Gwinnett signal caller, offering him before any other schools really took a look.

Haynes, a member of the Score 44, passed for nearly 2,200 yards with 26 touchdowns and ran for another three scores and 600 yards, despite playing with a broken bone in his leg, an injury he sustained in a win over Mountain View. During his senior season, Haynes led North Gwinnett to wins over Colquitt County, Grayson, Collins Hill and Johns Creek as the Bulldogs finished with an 11-2 record. Interestingly enough, North Gwinnett’s only two losses came to the Class AAAAAA finalists Norcross and Lovejoy.

The Haynes family told Score that Michael is excited about the program that Lamb is building.

“He is getting some great recruits from all around Georgia,” Haynes’ father told Score.

Mercer will open up FCS play in the Pioneer League next year.

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