Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2023 4-star RB Justice Haynes (Roswell, Ga.) out of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School announced on Tuesday night that he had received an offer from Wisconsin and running backs coach Gary Brown. Haynes has over 20 offers including nine SEC teams, with Alabama and Georgia leading the way, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, UCF and West Virginia.
Standing at 5-foot-10 and weighing around 190 pounds, Haynes is rated as the No. 64 player in the country and No. 3 RB by the 247 Composite. He is also the No. 5 player in Georgia. It should be noted that both 247 Sports and Rivals are predicting that he ends up a Dawg.
Haynes’ stat line from his sophomore year is jaw-dropping. He rushed for 1,744 yards on 176 carries (9.9 ypc) and 25 touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 98 yards and two scores while completing both of his pass attempts for 115 yards and one touchdown. This dude, literally, does it all. Also of note, he rushed 1,754 yards on 205 carries (8.6 ypc) while scoring 18 times during his freshman season.
The amount of yards this kid would gain at Wisconsin...hoo boy would it be a lot. His high school runs a pro-style offense which features a fullback (!!!) leading the way for his scampers. In fact, the one fullback (No. 33) is an excellent blocker and the Badgers should consider offering him too.
Anyways, Haynes is fast, tough and smart. He lowers his shoulder pads and bowls over defenders and then sprints past the rest of them. One thing I loved is the fact that when he cuts back across the field he always switches the ball to his outside hand. High IQ player, baby!
I am not super confident that Wisconsin can get into this race as Haynes really seems to like home state Georgia and he’s already visited Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State and been impressed. If they can get him on campus anything can happen, but that might even be too tall of an ask for UW.