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Record-setting Haynes headed to Kutztown

No sooner had he tweeted that he had a "fantastic" visit to Lock Haven on Feb. 1, Franklin's Ian Haynes was on social media again -- this time to announce that he will become a Kutztown Bear.

​"The offer came today (Feb. 1)," Tom Haynes said. "It's so funny how things work out."

​"My recruitment is officially 100% closed," tweeted the record-setting quarterback. "...after a very long and stressful process, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Kutztown."

​Kutztown has been a giant lately in Division II, this year finishing with an 11-2 record and making the NCAA playoffs. Its quarterback in 2019 was senior Collin DiGalbo, who threw for 3,193 yards (299-355) and 30 touchdowns and ran for another 571. He was the PSAC East Player of the Year.

​There were four other QBs on coach Jim Clements' roster -- a redshirt junior and three frosh -- one of whom was also a redshirt.

​"He (Ian) will prepare to start, but he totally understands the work ahead of him for one of the top D2 schools in the country," his dad, former Franklin coach Tom Haynes, said.

​Kutztown lost to Slippery Rock, 37-35, in the PSAC title game, but made the NCAA Divison II playoffs where the Bears beat No. 19 Tiffin, 33-31, before falling to No. 13 Notre Dame College, 20-17.

"The fact they are a winner meant a lot to him," Tom Haynes said.

​Kutztown's biggest claim to fame is producing WR Andre Reed, the only PSAC player to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

​Ian Haynes plans to major in criminal justice and hopes to some day work for the FBI or Homeland Security, the elder Haynes said.

​The two had planned another visit to Kutztown after the basketball season ended.


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