JC offensive tackle to visit ASU

The Sun Devils' 2010 class is likely to include a couple of offensive tackles from the junior college ranks. While most of their prospects at this position are from the western region, the maroon and gold ventured cross country to the state of New York in their pursuit of this position, and recently extended an offer to Nassau Community College lineman Michael Hay.

"I got a scholarship offer from Arizona State on Monday," said the 6-6 278 Michael Hay who to finish his studies next month. "I first heard from Arizona State a couple of months ago because they're looking for junior college offensive linemen. One of my coaches knows Coach Cano (ASU's Recruiting Graduate Assistant Pablo Cano). I sent them some game film and I guess they liked what they saw so they offered me.

"I'm familiar with the area because when I was looking at community colleges I visited Glendale and Mesa. I really like the Arizona State coaches because they always have been straight with me. I know if I go there I will be comfortable with them."

Hay, who will visit ASU for the Arizona game, played his high school career at Holy Cross in Flushing, N.Y. While some colleges showed interest in the lineman, he never received an offer. "We had a bad senior year," Hay recalled. "So things fell between the cracks and a lot of players on the team who were supposed to play in college didn't get offers. I know I could play at a good school and to do that I had to go to a junior college. I really liked the coaches at Nassau so that's where I ended up."

A week before the ASU offer, Hay received his first offer on the year, from Syracuse who he will visit on December 4th. Naturally those two programs are currently his co-leaders. "Rutgers and Miami are also looking at me," Hay noted. "They may offer me a scholarship soon here and if they do I may visit them too."

Even though time is of the essence, with the mid-year signing day just over a month, Hay indicated that he won't rush into a decision and at the very least will go on his two scheduled visits before his commitment.

"I was supposed to visit Syracuse when I was in high school," Hay commented. "But there was a snow storm and I couldn't go so it was a missed opportunity. So I'm really excited to visit there, just like I'm excited to visit Arizona State. Right now it's 50-50 between them. If I visit other schools after that I'll need to consider them too.

"I'm just looking for a place that I can feel comfortable and play football at a high level." In terms of eligibility Hay will be a two for two player.


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