Hayes lists Sun Devils as favorite

Even though he isn't a junior college mid-year transfer, DeChavon Hayes may be just ready to wrap up his recruitment in the next week or two. Fresh off his visit to Tempe the Lackawanna (Pa.) standout has Arizona State as the leading suitor for his services.

"The visit was amazing," Hayes said. "It was great and I loved everything about it. The atmosphere, the fans, the support from the community, the vibe around town, all the families going to the game, the weather was great…

"The facilities were crazy, and those dorms were like a resort hotel. I loved the palm trees because I never seen palm trees in person so that blew me away…I can definitely see myself going to Arizona State.

"I loved the up tempo offense and how they use the running back. D.J. Foster played really well and dominated. He's a high impact player and I think I can be that type of player if I came there with my explosiveness and speed. With me and D.J. playing together we would be tough to stop."

The 5-11 188-pound DeChavon Hayes averaged 119.6 yards per game this season and has scored seven touchdowns in as many games.

"The coaches said that I'm a homerun hitter type of running back," Hayes commented. "Anytime I get the ball I can make a big play. I talked to Marion Grice a lot during my visit which was good because he was also a JUCO transfer. He told me that if I come in I have to work hard and that I will be playing for great coaches.

"I was impressed the most on the visit with the coaches. They didn't try to sell me on anything and just kept it real. They told me how it's going to be like in the program and not telling me what I wanted to hear."

Hayes has already visited Kansas and Oklahoma, who have offered him as well. The running back said that he's most likely will only choose from these three schools but that one school has emerged right now above the other two.

"Arizona State is my favorite because I feel right now that is the school that suits me," Hayes remarked. "I think I'm going to wrap this up before Christmas. I'm going to go home and talk to my parents to talk about what I'm going to do and I will get this done.

"I'm going to look at everything before I decide, but when I visited there (at ASU) I knew this is where I want to be. They graduate 80 percent of their student-athletes and you can tell they real take pride in their players' academics. All the football players who make honor roll wear (Scholar Baller) patches on their jerseys. So players compete to get that and they were the first school to do that. They really want you to leave school with your degree."

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