Big Man 'MVP' likes the Cats

Since Mike Stoops took over the Arizona program one thing has been very evident, he wanted to rebuild the strength of both lines. A deep and talented offensive line is the key to any football program with championship aspirations. With the commitment of offensive guard Colin Baxter the Cats recruiting class got off to a good start for the 2006 class.

Baxter committed after competing at the one day Elite camp in Tucson. Another big time offensive guard that was in town the same weekend was Los Angeles Dorsey's Jovon Hayes, who was in Tucson for Arizona's big man camp.

"I did really well when I was there," Hayes commented. "I won the offensive line MVP for the camp. I had a really good time when I was there. We were busy and everything but I liked everything that I saw while I was there."

Even though his visit to campus was of the unofficial variety Hayes still got to see the campus and meet with many different people while in town. He also says that he likes his lead recruiter, Mike Tuiasosopo.

"I met the coaches obviously and they were all cool," he said. "Coach Tui is a real good coach and a nice guy. I get along real good with him. He was the first college coach to notice me and Arizona was the first school to offer me so I will remember that."

While competing in the big man camp Hayes got a chance to be tutored by UA line coach Eric Wolford. According to Hayes, he likes Wolford a lot and thinks he has great coaching ability.

"Coach Wolford is a great coach," he said. "He told me that he wanted me bad at Arizona. He is a real aggressive coach and I like that a lot. He taught me good techniques and everything so I think I am a better player because of the camp. I had a good time."

Hayes admits that while his brief stay in Tucson was great, the trip to get there was just brutal.

"Oh man, we drove for like ten or eleven hours or something, it was hot and nasty," Hayes said laughing. "We were all in a van with no air conditioning and no real seats. We sat on the floor and laid down and everything, the trip was brutal. Once we got there it was a great time. I saw the campus and the weight room and everything and it all was great. The trip was just brutal though."

On the recruiting front, Hayes says that he has kind of narrowed things down to a top eight and that he is wide open.

"I would say that my top eight is, in no order, USC (no offer), Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Miami."

Hayes does admit that his mother would like him to stay closet to home but that the ultimate decision is his to make. Hayes also commented on which schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"My mom really wants me to go to USC but she said it is my decision," he said. "They haven't offered me yet though. Arizona, Georgia, LSU and Florida are all recruiting me pretty hard. Arizona sends me like five letters a day and they are all hand written stuff."

Hayes went on to say that he will most likely wait to make any decision because he wants to take his official visits this fall. Hayes would like to major in Business in college.

CatTracks will keep you up to date on Hayes throughout his entire recruitment.

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