January 8, 2011
2012 OL picks up offer from Black Knights
Mendota Heights (Mn) St. Thomas Academy offensive guard prospect Isaac Hayes is one of the first 2012 prospects to receive an offer from Army and for the 6-foot-2, 265 offensive guard, it was his first college offer.
Coach Joe Ross offered me the Wednesday before Christmas break," shares Hayes, whose brother Anthony is an Stanford commit, but will be taking an official visit to Army on the 21st of January.
"He came for my brother for a home visit and I had previously emailed him my tape two weeks before that he showed it to Coach Ellerson, who I guess really liked it. So when he (Ross) came out, he gave me the offer letter. I was really surprised � because he pulled out the letter, but I thought it was just going to be a typical recruiting letter. So when I opened it up and it was an offer."
So what was Hayes' thoughts surrounding his first collegiate offer and his level of interest in the Black Knights of Army?
"It felt great to get my first offer and gave me confidence that I can play at the next level," he declared.
"I'm very interested - they have a great engineering program and they have one of the best schools in the nation. For me is more about education. Some people go to college strictly for football and they seem to understand that you aren't going to be a football player for the rest of your life - its education for me."
Hayes indicated that his GPA for this quarter is 3.45, but my overall is 3.2.
"I'm looking to get that up," he confirmed.
In addition to Army, Hayes has an offer from Navy and is receiving interest from a variety of programs. "I received emails from Tennessee, UCLA Georgia Tech and Oregon State. Plus Colorado is interested and Air Force came to my house recently, but they did not offer me."
At St. Thomas, the guard prospect plays on just one side of the ball and has been surprised at how effective his overall performance was in 2010. "I did better than I thought I would," he shares, as he points the finger to where part of his success derived from. "My coaches made me a lot better � through technique and strength in the off season.
But beyond the coaching influence, Hayes is a determined ballplayer who places an emphasis on getting better. "Me and my brother swim at our school for the conditioning 4 days a week, then we do lifting 3 days a week and running 2 days a week," he says.
"I do track and field and last year I did shot put & discus. This year I'm going to do two days of shot & discuss and then two days of running and agility � like ladders - short sprints and stuff."
So would Hayes like to play with his brother at the next level?
"Not really," says a laughing Hayes. "Actually that would be sweet to do, but we shall see."
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Hayes' recruiting throughout.
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