Alabama’s newest five-star running back is already making headlines. Following in the footsteps of Najee Harris, Derrick Henry, and Mark Ingram, he’s the latest tank at Nick Saban’s disposal in Tuscaloosa.
The freshman made waves this weekend during the Crimson Tide’s spring game, going viral for not only his three-touchdown performance, but also for his incredibly jacked physique in his first year on campus.
Haynes was one of the crown jewels in Alabama’s latest recruiting class after committing to the program back in July of last year.
The talented tailback ranked as the nation’s second best running back, for obvious reasons, as well as the 24th best player regardless of position according to 24/7 Sports.
Alabama 5-Star RB signee Justice Haynes @justicehaynes6 breaks free for big run. pic.twitter.com/9ISSyFxnSV
— Touchdown Alabama Recruiting (@TDARecruiting) January 7, 2023
His 5-11, 200-pound frame has only grown since his high school days, and many at the Crimson Tide’s annual A-Day took notice.
On the team’s first “Walk of Champions” in 2023, viewers singled Haynes out due to his stature. Most are stunned by the fact that he’s entering his rookie season.
Just a freshman… Justice Haynes https://t.co/RQ00nWLAT3 pic.twitter.com/BdOQsrKkjc
— Bama Football on Youtube (@BamaYoutube) April 22, 2023
Fans online were quick to comment on their new playmaker’s tremendous build. It’s safe to say they’re excited for the future.
Justice Haynes is freaking gigantic
— Sidelines – Bama (@SSN_Alabama) April 22, 2023
Saban, himself, took note of his new tailback’s incredible size, saying, “If you were just a guy sitting on a log watching, you would never know he was a freshman.”
The excitement only grew when Haynes got onto the field.
Justice Haynes impresses with 3-TD performance at spring game.
The freshman made his presence known quickly, finding the endzone three different times in his A-Day debut. Haynes also made an impact in pass protection, which could help him see the field earlier in an absolutely stacked Alabama running back room.
Touchdown, Justice Haynes. pic.twitter.com/v4TFs4i4NJ
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) April 22, 2023
The Tide also boast former top 100 recruits Jase McClellan, Roydell Williams, and Jam Miller at the tailback position.
Expect Nick Saban to rotate these backs in the 2023 season in order to keep legs fresh on offense. With concerns at quarterback, Alabama could lean heavily on its rushers to take pressure off of the young signal callers.
The Crimson Tide are hoping to get back to the SEC title game and College Football Playoff this year. Justice Haynes could have something to say about it.