Tyler Hayes visits Alabama

Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker from Thomasville, Ala., was in Tuscaloosa this weekend for an official visit with the University of Alabama. The Tide commitment had more to save of the time at the Capstone, spending time with other recruits, and several positions the coaching staff discussed once he arrives on campus.

"The visit was good," said Tyler Hayes. "We ate a lot up there. We had a couple of meetings with our position coaches. We met the nutrition ladies. We toured the whole campus.

"I'd say the best part was the eating. We ate really good. We all had a real good time up there this weekend. We even went fishing today."

Hayes talked about spending time with recruits and his host.

"I hung out with T.J. [Yeldon], Ryan [Anderson], Jameis [Winston], Reggie [Ragland] and Eddie Williams," Hayes said. "We all hung out the whole time. I think there is a good chance those guys come to Alabama. We just talked and spent a lot of time together. It was cool.

"My visit host this weekend was Jalston Fowler. Before I went up on the visit this weekend Jalston is who I usually hang out with when I go up there. We are real cool."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound recruit is one of the best athletes in the country. Hayes never came off the field for the Thomasville Tigers.

"I hung out with coach Rumph, coach Smart, coach Pruitt and coach Williams," Hayes said. "They asked me what position I want to play. It doesn't matter to me. I think I will play linebacker. They were talking to me about H-Back, linebacker, running back and safety. It doesn't matter to me, but think linebacker is where I will play."

Hayes traveled to Tuscaloosa with his mother and cousin. He spent a little bit of time with coach Saban who mainly talked about academics. His mother also commented on their time at the Capstone.

"They treated us real well," said Tyler Hayes' mother, Valarie Patrick Hayes. "We spent time with coach Saban and his wife. You can tell they are all about family. They show interest, they are involved, and they care. They only want the best for you.

"I had talked to coach Saban before. He emphasized very often education is first. He is more interested in them developing as a person, getting a good education and then football. He lets them know academics is important and you have to get it to play good footballl.

"The staff was very nice. They are entertaining. You can tell they hang out with each other and families get along with each other. I won't worry as much. I know they will take care of him."

Hayes gave his thoughts on why Alabama should play for the BCS National Championship.

"The coaches were saying they were just having to wait to see how everything goes," he said. "I think they should play in it. I watched the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State game, and all it is was a rivalry game. It's like Alabama/Auburn. Both games were blowouts. I don't see how that game could change someone's opinion."

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