Tampa Bay High School Football Combine Spotlight: Aaron Haynes

This year marks the 10th Annual Tampa Bay High School Football Combine, presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.  With so many exceptional student-athletes in attendance, we'd like to provide the opportunity to get to know the players a little before they hit the field at this year's combine.


Aaron Haynes, 5'9", 176lbs.

Class of 2015, Runningback, Seffner Christian Academy, FL


Q: "What do you think distinguishes you from every other player in the nation?"

A: "[I'm a] hard worker."

Q: "What do you hope to gain out of your participation in the Tampa Bay High School Football Combine?"

A: "Just to compete with the best and get better."

Q: "What are your strengths?  What do you need to improve on?"

A: "My strengths are great vision and [I'm a] play maker.  I need to improve my speed."

Q: "What extracurricular or community involvement activities do you participate in?  What are your hobbies outside of football?"

A: "I help my mom with her after school program where she feeds and helps 20 kids with their homework."

Q: "Which player, if any, do you model your game after or often get compared to by your teammates on the field?"

A: "I model my game after Matt Forte."

Q: "What is your proudest moment in football?"

A: "When I returned a kickoff for an 80-yard TD."

Q: "What is your proudest moment off the field?"

A: "Making the National Honor Society."

Q: "What TV show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?"

A: "Marathon"

Q: "Who/what has been the biggest influence on football in your life?  How so?"

A: "My older cuz, Travis.  He was a starting RB in high school who should've been in the NFL.  I looked up to him a lot when I was younger."

Q: "What honors or awards have you received (both athletic and non-athletic)?"

A: "National Honor Society."

Q: "Who is your favorite NFL team?"

A: "The Buccaneers"

Q: "What is your favorite web site?"

A: "Twitter"

Q: "What is your favorite food?"

A: "Mac & cheese"

Q: "What college interest have you received?"

A: "Mount Union, Adrain College, Warner University"

Q: "What are your statistics from your previous season?"

A: "On defense: 21 solo tackles, 37 total tackles, 4.1 tackles per game, 5.5 sacks, 1 caused fumble.  On offense (rushing): 3 rushing, 54 rushing yards, 18 yards per carry, 6 rushing yards per game, 38 rushing long, 1 rushing TD.  On offense (receiving): 4 receiving, 40 receiving yards, 10 yards per catch, 4.4 receiving yards per game, 35 receiving long, 1 receiving TD.  On special teams: 6 kickoff returns, 165 kickoff return yards, 27.5 kickoff return yards avg., 84 kickoff return long.  On special teams (punt returns): 5 punt returns, 62 punt return yards, 12.4 punt return yards avg., 22 punt return long, 227 total return yards."