Oct. 12, 2008
Freshman LB Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) was one of five college football players selected by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as a 2008 High School Scholar-Athlete. Haynes, the West region's representative from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and the other honorees will be acknowledged on Dec. 9 in Manhattan at an NFF luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria.
A two-time varsity captain, the tenacious Haynes started every game on both offense and defense for his final two seasons at Jesuit, claiming team defensive and team MVP honors. He shattered school records for assisted tackles (123) and total tackles (169) in a season and assisted tackles in a game (26) during his senior campaign. Named the Sacramento Bee's Defensive Player of the Year, he was a First Team selection at linebacker on the All-Section, All-Metro, and All-League teams and played in the Blitz 3 Holiday Classic All-Star Game.
Haynes, valedictorian in a highly competitive class of 256 students, tallied an impeccable 4.6 GPA on a 4.465 scale. His many honors included membership in the National Honor Society, the Jesuits Excellence Award, the College of Holy Cross Book Award, and being named a National Merit Scholar. Vice President of the Black Student Union, he participated in student government and the Executive Student Council while serving as a Big Brother during the school's freshman retreat.
"Jordan is the most qualified scholar-athlete we've had in many, many years," said Jesuit head coach Dan Carmazzi. "He is an outstanding young man."
Active in the community, Haynes volunteered with his church; coached local youth football teams; helped at an elderly home; participated in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program; and became a regular at the annual Christmas party for underprivileged local youth.