Haymon looking for more offers

It may be a question of when, not if, Jerry Haymon gets more offers. The Clovis East (Calif.) safety feels that his performance in various camps and combines will pay dividends this fall and land him possibly in the Pac-10.

The 6-2 200 Jerry Haymon was one of the standout defensive performers at Arizona State's maroon and gold camp this summer. The safety showed a solid combination of speed and size and good knack of reading the field.

"I thought I had a very good camp," Haymon said. "The coaches said I move gracefully for my size and said I competed very well. I learned a lot of stuff such as my hips are too high when I come out of my breaks and that my aggressiveness can sometimes be used against me. Just little stuff that can help me play the position better.

"My father talked to one of the coaches there and he told him that Arizona State was going to keep in touch with me and see how I do my senior year. A couple weeks after camp I got a letter from them so I know they are still interested. They told me that they want to see me early in my senior season and if they like what they see of me they will offer. "

Haymon noted that Sun Devil tight ends coach Jamie Christian has been recruiting him for the last several months and that he has enjoyed the process with ASU, as well as his unofficial visit to campus prior to camp.

"It's a great environment there at Arizona State," Haymon remarked. "I don't mind the weather because here in Fresno we can also get into the 100's sometimes. They have a great team and great coaches, the stadium was unbelievable and it just seems like a great place to play at.

"They have a good defense there and the coaches told me that they could see me at a rover back/strong safety position covering players in the flat, but also coming on blitzes."

Eastern Michigan is the only school to offer the safety thus far. Fresno State, UCLA, USC, Oregon and Utah have been pursuing Haymon among other schools. Haymon also took unofficial visits to UNLV, UCLA, Stanford and Cal.

The safety runs a 4.52, power cleans 305 lbs. benches 400 and squats 450. He also recorded 28 reps of 185 lbs. in the spring.

"I'm a big hitter and I have good closing speed," Haymon said of his skills. "I want to increase my knowledge of the game. I need to be football smart, not just an athlete so I can have a better knowledge of the game. I also need to learn and keep my eyes on the receiver and not just locking on the quarterback.

"I'm being recruited as both strong and free safety, but I like to hit so I prefer strong safety. I know I can play both positions well. I know that I need to add weight and I'll add as much weight as I can without losing my speed."

Haymon and the Timberwolves are coming off a 4-7 campaign in large part due to the resignation of their head coach just weeks before the 2009 season began. "We were really down and just never were able to get up," Haymon recalled. "But our coach came back and we have a lot of starters returning this year. So we are expecting a better year. I really think this team will be something special."


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