One of the best in the JUCO ranks visited Georgia on Thursday and he loved what he saw. Maurice…
If right school offers, Hayes could commit
"Oklahoma State offered me first and then Tennessee offered me next," said Maurice Hayes. "The first offer was about two months ago and Tennessee offered me about a week or two later." "I don't know much about those two yet, but I have talked to coaches from each school and started to learn more about them. Oklahoma State probably stands out a little more to me right now because I know some there and they have recruited me pretty hard." "Coach [Glenn] Spencer has told me a lot about Oklahoma State and he seems like a cool coach. He talked to me about their academics, how they need me there, and how they will be graduating some of their inside guys on the defensive line. I also know Nigel Nicholas (OSU defensive end) – he is from North Georgia and I got to know him when I played in a high school all-star game, so it would be cool to play with someone I know." The Cowboys have Hayes' interest, but if one school offers, then he could make a decision on the spot. "I have always wanted to go to Georgia and if they offered, I would probably commit to them. I went there for a game when I was at Pepperell and that was all I needed to see. They had D.J. Shockley, Leonard Pope, and guys like that then and I loved the atmosphere." The Dawgs have not offered yet, but they are definitely showing the 6-foot-4, 314 pound JUCO star a good amount of attention. "I have been talking to Coach [Stacy] Searels from Georgia for a while and I am going to visit them soon," said the 2008 All-Conference defensive lineman. "I am taking classes now, so I can enroll early and I think Georgia is close to offering me because of that. They tell me they really would love to have me in the spring next year." Other schools like Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, and UTEP are showing Hayes a good bit of interest. He plans to visit Alabama and Auburn this summer while in Georgia for a couple months. He is focused on getting things done now and he knows he wasn't on the right track in high school, but he is now. "I just got behind when I was in high school, so I went out to Bakersfield because I had to do what I had to do to play major college football. I am taking three classes this summer, so I will be able to graduate and sign with a school in December." "I am on track now and I am working hard, so things are looking good. I put up some numbers as a freshman last season and schools started recruiting right after the season was over. I am just going to keep working hard and see what happens. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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