Class of 2006

Victory Haines

HometownLogan, UT
High schoolLogan HS

Originally published Feb. 2, 2006 in the Omaha World-Herald

Haines says: "They wouldn't have recruited me if they didn't have some type of a need at my position."

Did you know?: Haines' first name originates in the jungles of Vietnam. Haines' father, who served in the Navy, had a close friend who died in combat. That friend's name: Victory.

Coachspeak: "He's very athletic for a 6-foot-7 guy," Logan High School coach Mike Favero told the Logan Herald Journal. "He's got great feet. He could have been an all-state tight-end."

What the gurus say: Haines was ranked 20th among junior college offensive lineman by

About Haines: He doesn't represent the average junior college transfer. For one, he's enormous. Wiser, too. Haines will be 23 in March and has seen more of the world than most people twice his age. Haines redshirted his first year at Snow before serving a Latter-day Saints mission in Hungary. He learned the Hungarian language in six months. He returned from Europe in 2004 and morphed from soft-hearted missionary to gruff Division I prospect. Butler (Kan.) Community College assistant Steve Braet said Snow College produces linemen who can help immediately. They're big and well-trained. They have great hands and learn to protect man-on-man. Haines fits that description. He was team MVP of a Snow team that went 9-2 last fall and defeated Butler, Zac Taylor's alma mater, in the season finale.

How we see it: Haines is already enrolled and will take part in spring ball, which gives him an edge over other O-line recruits. He's about as lean as offensive tackles come, so a little muscle between now and September may earn him a spot in the tackle rotation.

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