Clemson Football has received their 26th, and likely last, high school player commitment for the Class of 2023 from running back Jamarius Haynes.
Haynes announced his commitment today, which is the first day of the Early Signing Period. This signing window will remain open through Friday.
Haynes played at Handley High School in Roanoke, Alabama. He is listed as 6’-0” and 185 pounds by 247Sports.
That is about all that 247 says for Haynes. He doesn’t have a star rating or a ranking. He does have a 3-star rating and a 5.6 score on Rivals.
He didn’t receive an offer from any school until Clemson extended theirs in October. The only other schools to offer Haynes since then were Washington State and Western Kentucky. Until Clemson’s offer, Haynes flew under the radar.
There were some mixed signals recently whether Haynes would sign and/or announce his NLI to Clemson today. At one point, Haynes indicated that he wanted to wait for a ceremony which could be held at his school, which is on vacation this week.
You aren’t going to see the same kind of eye-popping plays in Haynes’s Hudl highlights that you will see in the tapes of 5-star and high 4-star recruits. If he had those kinds of plays, he wouldn’t have gone so long without a scholarship offer.
What you will see in his film is an athletic tailback who runs hard. He shows his agility and maneuverability. He also catches the ball out of the backfield on a few plays.
He has an uncanny knack for hitting the holes that his offensive line opens for him. When he hits the second level, he shows enough speed to pull away from his pursuers.
Clemson Football is likely done with high school recruits, but transfers remain an option
Haynes will need time to develop when he reports to Clemson next summer. At 185 pounds, putting on good weight will be a priority. He has time with Will Shipley and Phil Mafah expected to get the bulk of the handoffs next season.
Haynes is the second running back in Clemson’s 2023 class, joining fellow commitment Jarvis Green from Irmo, SC.
At this time, it is unknown if Clemson will be pursuing any other high school players for this class. There are six weeks until the traditional Signing Day on February 1, 2023, so nothing can be ruled out completely. There is a possibility the Tigers could pursue transfers for any other spots they have budgeted but haven’t filled yet.
If you are wondering why Clemson is allowed to sign 26 high school recruits and still consider transfers, it is because the 25-player per class limit has been suspended by the NCAA for the next two years.