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Three-star running back, Jamarius Haynes, commits to Clemson

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Three-star running back, Jamarius Haynes, was offered by Clemson in late October. On Early Signing Day Wednesday, Haynes both committed to and signed with the Tigers. Shortly after making his decision, the three-star recruit caught up with me on what went into his decision and more.


Haynes is a three-star running back from Handley High School in Roanoke, Alabama. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 133 running back in the country, the No. 74 recruit in Alabama, and the No. 2,040 overall recruit in the country.


Everything at Clemson appealed to Haynes. When it came down to making a decision, there was nothing that Clemson didn’t have that Haynes was looking for in a school.


“The coaching staff and the program itself made Clemson the school for me,” Haynes said.


Clemson was a school that was along the ride in Haynes’ recruitment since the beginning. After having a breakout senior season, the Tigers were the first to offer Haynes a scholarship. Haynes chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Washington State, and Western Kentucky.


“It was a great feeling, a feeling you can’t explain,” Haynes said. “Something else that played a big part in that feeling was it was my first-ever offer.”

Of the coaches, while he is close with all of them, Haynes is especially close with running backs Coach C.J. Spiller. The two are also very close because Spiller once played running back at Clemson, so he was able to give him a first-hand look on how the experience would be for Haynes.


“He came down plenty of times to watch me play basketball and go out to eat,” Haynes said.


But Haynes chose Clemson for the champion mentality everyone in the program possesses. He takes great pride in being a Clemson football player.


“It means a lot,” Haynes said. “Definitely have to be a winner to join our squad.”


He looks forward most to embracing that championship mentality and being a part of a group of football players that have that same mindset and similar goals.


“I’m looking to become great friends with my new family of teammates and start working to a championship,” Haynes said.


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