February 6, 2010

Hayes continues to see stock rise

Some speculated that the state of Michigan would be down in talent in 2011, don't tell that the Justice Hayes of Grand Blanc High School. He joins Lawrence Thomas and DeAnthony Arnett as elite prospect from the Great Lake State.

Hayes is seeing his recruiting stock skyrocket this winter. A impressive performance down at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio let the rest of the nation know what Spartsnmag.com already did, Hayes can flat out play.

Spartanmag.com caught up with Hayes and we thought we would clear up any discrepancy about his size and speed.

"I ma 5-foot-10 and 181-pound, he said. My forty time is 4.44 and I ran a 4.09 shuttle down in San Antonio. I have a current vertical jump of 35 inches that hasn't been updated since I was in 9th grade."

Hayes has been busy the past few weeks. He hit junior days at Michigan state as well as Iowa and will be checking out a few more schools soon. He has also seen his offer list expand to double-digits.

"I am going to Wisconsin's junior day on the 21st of February and I will be at Notre Dame on March 20th, Hayes stated. My newest offers are from Notre Dame, Michigan and Bowling Green. I should be hearing something from Illinois and Ohio State soon."

One of the things that makes Hayes such a prized running back recruit is his all-around athletic ability. In addition to piling up impressive rushing statistics the past two seasons for Grand Blanc, Hayes has also caught over 40 passes. His pass catching skills stood out compared to other running backs at the All-American combine.

As far as what is next from Hayes, he stated that he is not really worried about picking up additional scholarships as he is improving himself.

"Getting the offers is a great accomplishment, but right now I am not focused on getting more offers. I am at the point now where the most important thing is working to prepare myself for my senior year and college football.'

SpartanMag.com recently ranked the top players in Michigan for the class of 2011 and we placed Hayes at #3 and indicated that we believe he is a Rivals top 250 talent. What ranking he will eventually get is unknown. But his combine performance and early offer list is getting notice.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

Hayes is a recruit that Michigan State really likes a lot. The Spartans signed several running backs last year, but none are in the mold of Hayes, who is viewed as an every-down back with size, speed and hands.

We expect Hayes will be in the 190-195pound range by the time he arrives at college. As far as a skill set, Hayes is probably most similar to former Spartan Tyrell Dortch. Dortch was a 5-foot-11, 195 speedster that would have had an incredible career at Michigan State if not for an injury.

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