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2017 Ball State Football Recruiting: DE Zach Haynes commits to the Cardinals

Ball State landed its twelfth commitment on Friday afternoon.

While coach Mike Neu has yet to coach a game in Muncie, Ball State has recruited tremendously well during his short tenure. This trend has held up throughout the summer, and most recently with the commitment of defensive end Zach Haynes.

First and foremost, the news:

Haynes chose Ball State over reported offers from Appalachian State, Army, EMU, Navy, and a handful of FCS programs.

Haynes hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky and currently attends South Warren high school. He stands at 6-foot-3, weighing 255 pounds and looks to transition into defensive end or potentially linebacker at the next level.

Haynes displays his athleticism in his highlight tape in a rather unusual way. While most players start their Hudl film with one of their most impressive plays on the season, Haynes decided to show off his dunking abilities on the hardwood. I must say, our team has been covering recruiting for three years at Hustle Belt and this is the first time we've ever seen someone put themselves dunking in their highlight tape.

In all seriousness, Haynes is extremely athletic on the gridiron and has a knack for quickly closing in on the ball-carrier. If Haynes can bulk up once he gets to college, it is easy to see him fitting nicely into Ball State's defense. Worst case scenario, he will always be remembered as the recruit who dunked in his football highlight tape.

Check out his junior highlights (and dunking abilities!) below courtesy of Hudl: