Buford (Georgia) High Top247 running back and Alabama commit Justice Haynes tuned for the All-American Bowl, this week he received his jersey as part of the Road to the Dome series.
Haynes was one of the first players selected for the game and celebrated the moment at home with his family.
“It was really cool,” Haynes said. “It was a surreal experience. I grew up looking at all the greats playing this game, I remember being six or seven years old watching the game and saying I want to play this game one day. It’s unrealistic to be at this moment and I’m so happy that I can play in this prestigious game.”
The All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school sporting event for 20 years and will return to San Antonio, Texas on January 7, 2023, where it will air live on national NBC. Over 20,000 fans flock to the Alamo Dome along with alumni of the game including Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Trevor Lawrence, Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham Jr.Stephan Diggs, Marchon Lattimore, Chase Young, Naji Harris, Mika Parsons, Patrick Petersonderrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott as well as Quenton Nelson. Game legends include Adrian Peterson and Joe Thomas.
“Just competing with the best,” Haynes said of what he’s looking forward to. “It’s the top 100 guys in the country competing with them, going out there and having a great time with other great recruits. Having the opportunity to compete, I love to compete and. The ability to prove something.
Haynes committed Nick Saban and Alabama in July.
“Just like Coach Saban, the plan he has for all his guys, the plan they have for me, and how Coach Saban is going to develop you on and off the field and make you a better person and personality and, ultimately, the best football player,” Haynes said.
Haines is working to help Alabama join 247Sports’ #1 recruiting ranks.
“Keon Kilidefinitely trying to get Keon we just got Jalen (Hale) who was the guy we were big in, that was really big. Samson (Okunlola) tries to get big Sam. These are really my two big boys that I work on and Damon Wilson“.
This weekend, Haynes will be back in Tuscaloosa for the Texas A&M game.
“We have a farewell week,” Haynes said. “Get there a little early, spend time with the team and watch them play a good game, and spend time with them after the game.”