Height & Weight: 6'1 and 184
First Game Started: Against Haslett junior year it was first game of the season.
#1 Most Memorable Game: Against St Johns when I had 2 tds coming off of an injury in the first half.
Pre-game Traditions: I eat Subway before every game. And about an hour before kickoff I go to the north goal post and say a prayer.
Post-game Traditions: I go to Applebees with my team, then I go home and watch the game because my grandpa records them.
Athlete you try building your game around: Jeremy Maclin on offense. He can do a lot, makes plays, when he went to Missouri, he went and got the ball wherever it was, and on defense Ed Reed. Just being a ball hawk and being wherever the ball is on defense.
The D - Zone - What have you been doing this off-season to prepare yourself for the 2012 season?
Javon Haines - "The things I've been doing this off season is working extremely hard on finishing, no matter what it is. From working out, to running sprints. Because as a team we have to work on finishing and I have to work on finishing myself. I also watch A LOT of film on my own time 3 to 4 times a week."
The D - Zone - What was one of the best skills that you developed last season?
Javon Haines - "The best skill I developed was my quickness and my 2nd gear. This year I'm trying to get in the endzone every time I touch the ball and working on controlling my speed could really put me in the position to do that. I also developed being a team leader. Being a Senior on this team you have to be able to lead the team and I think I'm doing a great job this off season."
The D - Zone - What will you take away from last season and attempt to apply it to the 2012 season?
Javon Haines - "I'll take away how we came together, from team dinners, to go over each others houses and watching film. I think that played a huge part in our success last year."
The D - Zone - How do you feel you can impact a game?
Javon Haines - "I make plays, and I think what makes me different from some other players is that I don't need the ball to make a play. Whether its from throwing blocks or making tackles I can do it. I'm just a play maker with and without the ball."
The D - Zone - What are you looking forward to as a Senior at East Lansing?
Javon Haines - "I'm looking forward to winning a state championship. I want the team to know that I'm prepared for anything, and that I can put the team on my back throughout the season."
The D - Zone - What were some memories you had growing up while watching East Lansing or other teams?
Javon Haines - "I played for a city league team called Kappa Express and we watched a lot of Lansing Sexton and Eastern. Every once and a while we'd go to an East Lansing game and I'd see Isaac Harper run around the field untouched sometimes and it was amazing. From that moment on I wanted to put on the Blue and White because I felt like they were a complete team and wanted to win as much as I do."
The D - Zone - What is a big game on your schedule that you have circled and why?
The D - Zone - Who is the rival on your schedule? How important is it beating this team and what does beating this team mean to you, your teammates, and fans?
Javon Haines - "Our rival is Haslett High School, we've beat them these past few years but the first game is always the toughest and a win against them would be a huge positive for our team and it'll give us confidence for the next game playing Chelsea."
The D - Zone - If I had a college coach sent to you and he asked why he should have you on his team, what you tell him?
Javon Haines - "I'd tell the coach that he has a playmaker who is always trying to learn the game. Willing to make any type of sacrifice for the good of the team and he's also getting a student athlete. Someone who you won't have problems off the field with."
The D - Zone - How has the recruiting process been going so far for you?
Javon Haines - "Its going good but very slow. I have no offers but I'm sure they should be coming in soon based off what I do my senior season. The schools that are looking at me are; Buffalo, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Syracuse, Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Notre Dame, and a few other D2 schools like Grand Valley, and Saginaw Valley. I really want to be a Spartan but if I don't get an offer from them, anywhere else is perfect with me. I just want a free education."
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