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Five-star running back Justice Haynes previews "a fun day" for Alabama ahead on Early Signing Day
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Alabama currently holds the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for the Class of 2023, according to 247sports. One of the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked commits in their class is five-star running back, Justice Haynes. Tuesday night ahead of Early Signing Day, Haynes joined me on Instagram Live for an interview to discuss why he chose Alabama and more.
Justice Haynes Interview
Haynes is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Buford High School in Buford, Georgia. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 3 running back in the country, the No. 2 recruit in Georgia, and the No. 25 overall recruit in the country.
When it came down to making a decision, Haynes liked how Alabama develops not only their running backs, but all their players, and how the coaching staff always challenges them to be better. Haynes chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Ohio State, and 33 other offers.
“Just the development, how I knew I was going to be developed on and off the field,” Haynes said. “How I knew Coach Saban would hold me accountable, and how I knew they’ll take my game to the next level.”
While a large amount of recognition to Alabama’s success goes to head coach, Nick Saban, Haynes recognized the other helping hands that are involved in Alabama’s championship standard, and those people played just as much of a role for him to commit to the Crimson Tide.
“It’s an all-around group effort at Alabama,” Haynes said. “It’s not about just Coach Saban, but it’s about Coach Gillespie, the trainers, everyone is held to a higher standard.”
For Alabama to have the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, many players, including Haynes helped recruit other top prospects to join them in Tuscaloosa. Regardless, the class has a tight bond, and talks frequently ahead of their freshman season.
“We talk all time, we talk 24/7,” Haynes said. “We have group chats, always texting, really close with them.
The recruiting from the commits is most certainly not finished, according to Haynes. As Early Signing Day awaits on Wednesday, Alabama seems to have much more in store. They even made fireworks ahead of Early Signing Day, as the Crimson Tide flipped five-star offensive tackle and former Iowa commit, Kadyn Proctor.
“Well you see we just got Kadyn Proctor, we flipped him,” Haynes said. “We got a couple more pieces, you’re going to have to wait and see, but it’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”
Haynes will sign with Alabama Wednesday morning, and he will arrive on campus shortly after to practice with the team ahead of their Sugar Bowl matchup with Kansas State on Saturday, December 31 at 12 p.m. E.T.