SEC target honors grandmother with decision date


You truly don’t hear stories like this very often, especially when it comes to college recruiting.

Usually recruiting news is full of “top fives”, awkward “hat dances” and mostly self-aggrandizing behavior. But that’s not how T.J. Haney rolls, and the school that lands him is going to get a pretty decent human being.

Haney will announce his college destination on April 4th to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the passing of his maternal grandmother–Evelyn Littlejohn–whom he obviously never met. She lost her battle with cancer that day. He told Saturday Down South on Thursday that it was totally his idea, and that his mother, Barbara Haney, was honored by the decision. Barbara was very close to her mother Evelyn, and has spoken highly of her all through Haney’s childhood.

“She was surprised and very happy I made this decision,” Haney told SDS. “I try to stay humble, to the game and to my family. This was my mom’s mom and this was my own idea. Her mom was her backbone and this is my way of showing respect to my mother.”

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Haney is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle out of Gaffney (S.C.). He is a very strong student, academically, and attended Vanderbilt’s junior day in late February–where he landed a scholarship offer. He also attended South Carolina’s on Feb. 4 and is scheduled to attend one again with the Gamecocks on March 29–and he may land an offer then. He also holds a Wake Forest offer. He is a three-star prospect known for his good frame and strong run blocking abilities–and a good head on his shoulders.

“My grandmother passed April 4, 1984 and committing this April is my way of marking a new beginning in my life,” Haney told SDS. “This will be an important date in our family history.”

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