February 23, 2010

Hayes ready to compete

One of the players that has seen his stock skyrocket this winter is running back Justice Hayes of Grand Blanch High School. Spartanmag.com knew Hayes was talented and for that reason we ranked him #3 in our pre-season rankings. His impressive performance down at the Army All-American Combine in Texas solidified him as one of top prospect in the nation and a Rivals.com early top 250 recruit.

SpartanMag.com caught up with the dynamic 5-foot-10, 181-pound recruit and got the latest on his recruitment and his thoughts on attending the Michigan State Junior Day this past weekend.

"Yes, I was at Michigan State this past weekend. I got to check out that stadium shaking basketball game versus Ohio State. I already did the junior day about a month ago, but I stayed afterwards so I could talk with the coaches. Coach D was in Hawaii, but I was able to speak with him by phone at the game so that was nice."

As many know Michigan State picked up a commitment from Lansing Sexton area running back Onaje Miller last week. Spartanmag.com asked Hayes if that impacted his thought process about Michigan State?

Michigan State has said that I am the guy they want. Miller's will not effect my decision on college at all. I am a competitive person and I know I will find a way on the field somehow. I am going to have to compete no matter where I go. Michigan State looks at me as a running back that can be used in the screen game and can be lined up in the slot to throw off defense. I see my versatility as a positive thing."

Hayes is not in a hurry to make his choice. Right now he is working to get to know the coaching staff's art several schools better and building rapport with them.

One reason why Hayes will likely wait to make his choice is not only does he want to be 1005 sure, but he also wants to make sure that the school she commits to is having a good recruiting year. He informed us that he keeps in frequent contact with fellow class of 2011 standout DeAnthony Arnett and Lawrence Thomas.

As he stated above, Hayes thrives on competition and this weekend he indicated that he will be attending a combine down in Ann Arbor so he can not only improve, but showcase his skills against the state's best players.

"Yes, I am going to hit that combine for the competition."

If Hayes is true to form like he was in Texas, look for him to be one of the top performers and excel in just about every aspect. Hayes in not a player who is just a good combine tester. Not only does he put up great measurables, but he produces in drills and in live competition.

With scholarship offers from virtually every team in the Big Ten as well as multiple offers from school sin other BCS conferences, Hayes has plenty of options. Don't be surprised if his final decision comes down to simply the school he feels most comfortable at from an athletic, academic and social perspective. Whatever school that is will be getting a player that should help them compete for championships during his time there.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

You have to like a player like Hayes. He has a great attitude about wanting to compete and he also wants to be a part of a great recruiting class. That means whatever school he selects he will likely be a vocal advocate sand help recruit other players.

Based on what we have seen of Hayes, Michigan state doesn't have a running back with his varied skill set on the roster. The Spartans used Javon Ringer in the passing game some, but he is not as good a receiver as Ringer. Hayes reminds SpartanMag.com a bit of Tyrell Dortch (pre-injury) in that he has the type of athletic ability that he could excel in a variety of facets

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