December 29, 2009
Jr. Grand Blanc RB gets BCS offers
One of the top recruits in the state of Michigan for the class of 2011 is running back Justice Hayes of Grand Blanc High School. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hayes already has multiple BCS scholarships on the table and likely many more to come. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with him last night and got the latest.
This past year Grand Blanc had an outstanding season. Behind the running of Hayes and the receiving of Northwestern commitment Tony Jones the offense was dynamic. SpartanMag.com asked Hayes about his personal performance this fall.
"I rushed for 1300-yards and scored 15 touchdowns," he said. "I received All-Conference, All-Area and All-State honors."
Those statistics and his performance at several camps this summer has led him to already receiving several early scholarship offers. Hayes talked about that.
"I have offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern and Iowa," he said. I was expecting Michigan State and Michigan to be my first two offers but that hasn't been the case. It has been other Big Ten schools giving me the most love."
With 3 early BCS offers Hayes is easily one of the best recruits in Michigan and the Midwest for next year. In the coming weeks he plans on showing the rest of the nation just how talented he is.
"Next week I am going down to San Antonio to attend the U.S. Army All-American combine, he said.
Hayes informed us that he is very familiar with both Michigan State and Michigan. He attended several games at each school this past fall and has a good relationship with both coaching staffs.
"Coach Barnett is my primary recruiter for Michigan State. I like him; I have not talked with him in a while though."
With the Spartans set to put the finishing touches on the class of 2010, you can be sure they will be turning up the heat on Hayes in late January and February. Head Coach Mark Dantonio prefers to offer players in person; it is not out of the question that Hayes could get a Michigan State offer at a junior day function in February or March.
Matt Dorsey's Take:
Hayes is easily one of the top 10 prospects in Michigan for 2011. He also has a great shot at being a Rivals top 250 recruit.
Watch out for the Northwestern Wildcats here. They secured a commitment from his teammate Tony Jones and Coach Fitzgerald and his staff are making Hayes a top priority for 2011. The Wildcats may only play in front of 30,000 but that has not stopped them from posting back to back 8+ win seasons.
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