4-Star Guard Leaves Tucson with a leader

With three solid commitments in the bag already, the Arizona coaching staff is looking to add one, and possibly two, more offensive line recruits to the 2006 signing class. They hosted a few ‘big uglies' this weekend and they got one commitment and are now the leader for two others.

Los Angeles Dorsey High School is home to one of the top offensive guards in the country in 4-Star prospect Jovon Hayes. Hayes was one of the 15 official visitors this weekend and Jovon was impressed, again, by what he saw in the desert.

"It was real good," Hayes said of his official visit to Tucson. "It was all real nice. I was there for their camp in the summer so I had high expectations already but the trip was even better than I expected it to be."

Since he had been to Tucson for just a day in the summer Hayes wanted his official visit to be more relaxing and he wanted to get as much information as he could.

"I really loved everything about it, I was treated very well," he said. "I wanted to relax and take it all in and I think I was able to enjoy it even more this time. The city is really nice and beautiful. It was nice to have clean air and it was nice to be able to breathe easier. Everything about the campus was great and really nice. The facilities there are just awesome. The weight room was big when I was there in the summer but they knocked down a wall and made it even bigger since then. I liked everything about it."

Jovon is being recruited by Arizona defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo and the two have formed a good bond. Hayes also said that he really likes his would be position coach Eric Wolford.

"Coach Tui is just a great guy," he said. "He was the first coach to come see me really and he was the first to offer me a scholarship so that is special and it stands out to me. Tui is just a great guy and he is a real good coach. Coach Wolfy is my kind of coach too. He is a little crazy but I like that. He coached me at the camp this summer and I really like his style. He is in your face but as soon as the whistle blows he is a great guy and is really easy to get along with. I can see myself playing for him absolutely."

One other thing that Hayes said he likes about Arizona is his ability to possibly play early in Tucson, which is going to be a factor for him when it is decision time.

"I know that most offensive linemen red shirt in college their first year," said Hayes. "I want to play early and Wolford and Tui and Stoops all said that they play the best players no matter what so if I worked hard and went in and showed what I can do that they would not hesitate to play me right away. I really like that because I want to play early in my career."

While in Tucson, Hayes was hosted by more than just one current player. He said that he was hosted by as many as three players.

"My host was JT (Jonathan Turner) and he was cool," remarked Hayes. "JT was cool and I was also hosted by Eben Britton and Blake Kerley and they are both cool guys too. They told me about the program and what it was like playing for Coach Stoops and everything. They were very good hosts and they gave me everything I needed."

The three players hosting Hayes were not the only current Wildcats that he was able to get to know however.

"We hung out with Willie (Tuitama) and some other guys," he said. "We hunt out with Chris Henry, (Syndric) Steptoe and just all of the players really. They all seemed like good guys. I met a few of them this summer but it was good to get to know more of them this time."

Hayes went on to rate his visit a ‘9' out of a possible 10. He has narrowed his list down to a final three schools and the Wildcats are at the top of his list.

"Arizona is definitely number one for me right now," he said. "I am down to Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma. I am going to Oregon on January 13th and I haven't set anything up with Oklahoma yet. Those are my final three and Arizona is on top for sure."

Cat Tracks will keep you up to date on the recruitment of this 4-Star stud from Southern California.


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