Hayes can leave this summer

Hayes can leave this summer

A player who is just now starting to pop up on recruiting radars is Foothill DT Antonio Hayes (6-0, 290). He's only a freshman right now, but he's gotten it done in the classroom and he's on pace to graduate in May and because of that, two schools have offered and two more are starting to show him some serious attention...

After graduating from Grant (Portland, Or.) High School, Hayes didn't have many options in front of him to play college football, so he decided to head to Foothill to continue his career.

"I greyshirted my first year here in 2010," Hayes told JCFootball.com recently. "In 2011, I blew out the ACL in my left knee, so I got a medical redshirt for that year.

"This past season (2012) was my first one and I didn't have any injuries, so it was good to get out on the field for the first time in like three years."

As a freshman last fall, Hayes started both ways for the Panthers, although he said defense is where is future lies.

"I started the first six games on defense, inside at nose tackle and some three-technique," Hayes said. "Then, during the last half of the year, we had some injuries on the offensive side, so they got me to play both ways and I started at guard and also played defense too."

On defense, Hayes totaled 12 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks while occupying blockers so his teammates could make plays.

"I'm a hard worker and I like being in on every play," Hayes noted. "I have a good motor and I always want to show up for my team and on the film."

As far as improvements this offseason, Hayes said he has two areas he wants to work on.

"I'm trying to get more flexible and get better with my hands," Hayes said. "I've been playing football for a long time and I think I have pretty good instincts and I understand schemes and stuff like that. I just need to get better at the little stuff."

On the recruiting front, because he's only a freshman as far as his clock is concerned, schools are just now finding out he is available to leave following the spring term, so things are just starting to pick up for him.

"I have offers from Northern Arizona and Eastern New Mexico and I'm actually taking a visit there this weekend," Hayes said. "Both of those schools want me for this year, so they want to trip me out.

"I've also been hearing from Idaho and a little bit from Hawaii. I think there is a chance I could end up visiting those schools too, but I'm not really sure."

Should Hayes sign with a school to play this fall, he will have four years to play three, however, if he chooses to return to Foothill for his sophomore season, he would have three to play two following the 2013 season and he would be eligible to sign in December.

We will continue to keep tabs on Hayes in the future and will update news as it happens with him.

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