Justice Haynes: 5-star legacy RB makes it very clear on where he intends to play college football
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with 5-star legacy RB Justice Haynes. The Alabama commitment ranks as the nation’s No. 3 RB and the No. 30 overall prospect for 2023 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
Justice Haynes will go down as one of the greatest running backs in Georgia High School Football Association history.
He is a pureblood Georgia Bulldog legacy. The son of former stalwart Verron Haynes. His father delivered his share of immortality in Athens with his P-44 Hobnail catch in Knoxville and all of the 691 hard-charging yards he picked up in 2001.
There was a time less than six months ago when the 5-star RB thought he was going to be a ‘Dawg.
The plot twist is Haynes committed to Alabama in July. The fact that Haynes has produced at an all-timers clip in the state for the last four seasons has left many Georgia fans hoping and wondering if the ‘Dawgs might get a Haynes flip for Christmas.
There’s always a chance with Kirby Smart and Dell McGee. Justice Haynes was at Dooley Field for that rocking Tennessee game. He was there for the season opener against Oregon.
The passion for this young man’s pledge continued to bubble over at the SEC Championship Game.
There must have been at least 100 fans that asked me about Haynes last weekend. That’s more than any recruit in December in this reporter’s long history covering Georgia football recruiting.
That was so rampant because he’s a legacy that plays a revered position at UGA. There is also the feeling Georgia seems capable of any feat with its football program at this time.
So I heard it walking to the stadium. I heard it as I hopped between tailgates and walked down the sidelines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Please tell me we’re getting Justice.”
“Are we getting Haynes?”
“Do I need to write a letter to Santa for Justice, man?”
“Can the ‘Dawgs flip Justice?”
“What about Justice?”
After a wide-ranging conversation with Haynes this weekend, the only report that can be made is that it doesn’t sound like it.
It appears to be something that not even Kirby Claus and Dell Claus can pull off. Not even at Flipmas time.
“People ask me that all the time,” Justice Haynes said on Saturday evening. “You know. About if I am going to flip and all that stuff, right? What I tell everyone is God’s plan was for me to go to ‘Bama. I still feel that God’s plan is leading me in the direction to go to ‘Bama. That’s where I am going to go. I feel like that’s the best fit for me on and off the field to make me a better person and a better player.”
“I love the situation I am in and I am happy with it.”
Haynes received in-home visits from Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State last week. Why did he still want to meet with those other staffs?