Maurice Hayes Makes The Call
Maurice Hayes
Posted Jan 26, 2010

Bakersfield Community College DT Maurice Hayes has made his decision and he will return to the South to play his college ball.

University of Alabama at Birmingham secured the commitment of Maurice Hayes in the last 24 hours.

Hayes talked with Scout.Com first on his decision.

"Personally I felt like I had a connection with the D- Line coach at UAB and also the head coach.

When I went on my visit I just really felt at home. One guy I played against in high school plays there and he told me Coach Zo( D-Line coach) will go to the end of the world for you and I believe that.

I just really felt comfortable with that" said Hayes.

Going through what you have went through over the last 2 years and last 2 months, how much of a relief is it to you to play D1 close to home( Rome, Georgia)?

" Everything is still a blessing to me to be honest. Alot guys that experience the injury( torn acl) that I did lose it. I mean they lose the dream and I didn't. For me to still have a few Division 1 offers was truly a blessing for me."

How good does it feel to be playing close to home after being in California for two years?

" When I told my Mom, Brothers and Sisters that I was choosing UAB, I got so many call and text messages it was crazy. They were all proud of me and really happy for me."

Rusty's Take- I have known Maurice since his junior year in high school. He has grown into a man during these last 4 years. UAB got a monster DT with a great motor. More importantly they inked somebody that will instantly make them better on the field and off.

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