Tyler Hayes interview and highlights

Alabama commitment Tyler Hayes talks about his goal of getting to Tuscaloosa for the state championship and his teams preseason 36-27 loss to Hueytown. Highlights are also featured in this report.

Thomasville, Ala.—The last time Tyler Hayes suited up in a Thomasville football uniform he was running wild in Jordan-Hare Stadium as the Thomasville Tigers roared past Deshler setting several state championship game records on way to a 59-34 victory and a 4A title.

As the venue for the Super 6 switches this year he has ambitions of making it to Bryant-Denny, a year before he suits up in the Crimson and White, in hopes of winning another championship in his senior season.

Hayes was one of a flurry of early commitments for the Crimson Tide this spring as Nick Saban's staff had 10 commitments for the class of 2012 by March 5—11 months before signing day.

Hayes' Thomasville team lost a close game last Friday to Hueytown, one of the top teams in 5A, in a preseason game at the Cramton Bowl.

"I feel like if we play like we did (against Hueytown) throughout the whole season we'll be in Tuscaloosa," Hayes said. "We fought until the end. Everybody thought we were going to get blown out. We came in the underdogs and we stepped up.

"It would be nice," he added of another title. "Last year we fought hard and got to Auburn. Now it's time to get to Bama."

Hayes scored on the first play of scrimmage for Thomasville, carrying up the gut and running flat over the safety. He also sacked Jameis Winston a pair of times.

"I think I hit him pretty hard and pretty good," Hayes said of Winston. "I'm pretty sure he felt my licks. I felt good, but I feel like I could play a whole lot better."

Hayes is a Scout.com four-star prospect and the 10th rated outside linebacker prospect in the country. However, at 6-2, 210, he's an exceptional kickoff returner and also one of the top running backs in the Southeast.

If Hayes was on campus in Tuscaloosa this year he might get his first look on offense, but the plan in 2012 as of now is to play him on the defensive side of the ball.

"Wherever they need me to play," Hayes explained. "I'm not going to ask any questions. I just want to get up there and play. I think I'm best with the ball in my hands, but I don't mind hitting people either. So it's equal."

Number 28 added that having his college decision out of his way has both pros and cons.

"It's easy now," he said. "I've got the stress off my back. But at the same time I've got a target on my back just because I'm committed to Alabama."

Prospects are allowed to take up to five official visits during their senior seasons, but Hayes does not plan on visiting anywhere other than Tuscaloosa. He's already built a friendship with a few guys on the team and with other commitments.

"Me and Ryan Anderson are real cool," he said. "Every time me and Eddie Williams go to camp we get together and hang out. C.J. Mosley—me and him are real cool—and John Fulton. Me and Reuben Foster, a 2013 commitment, when I had first been up there my first year of camp my 10th grade year me and him built a relationship. Me and him are cool.

"I'll probably just be hanging out in Tuscaloosa on weekends and stuff," Hayes added.

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Click the link below for highlights of Tyler Hayes versus Hueytown.


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