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.