June 21, 2016
One of the nation’s top offensive linemen announced a list of finalists and Michigan and Michigan State are both in the mix.
Robert Hainsey, a 2017 four-star guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., released his top three via Twitter on Tuesday evening and listed Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He said he’ll make his commitment during the Nike The Opening Finals, July 5-10 in Oregon.
Hainsey, 6-4 and 276 pounds, is ranked the No. 4 guard and No. 70 player overall in the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings. He played two seasons at Gateway High School in Pennsylvania before transferring to IMG after his sophomore year. He broke down his three finalists to 247 Sports.
About Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh:
“Michigan has been a school I always really liked,” Hainsey said. “They hadn’t offered me with the first staff, but when coach Harbaugh got there they made it a point to offer me and I was glad to get up there. Coach Harbaugh is doing something really special with that program. I think he’s going to take it to the top very soon, especially with the great year (they) had last year. I just really like the coaches. I feel comfortable there. I think it’s going to end up a really good program soon.”
About Michigan State and coach Mark Dantonio:
“I just think coach Dantonio has a real good program and he’s going to keep winning with the players he gets,” Hainsey said. “It’s not always the best players, but they always find a way to win and I really like that. I feel really comfortable there, especially with their offensive line coach and all their coaches. I know people at the program, so I’ve gotten some really good insight on it, so that’s helped me with my decision.”
About Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly:
“Notre Dame just has a different feel to it,” Hainsey said. “It feels really at home. I’m really comfortable there, especially with the coaches. (Offensive line) Coach (Harry) Hiestand is a great coach. He produces amazing talent every year and I think that would be really beneficial to me. I think Notre Dame can do a lot for me after football, after my career is over, whether it’s in the NFL or after college. No matter what, I think I’m going to have a good chance to get a great job and be very prepared for life.”