Los Angeles Dorsey 4-Star offensive guard/defensive tackle Jovon Hayes has decided to go public with his decision to become a Wildcat.
"I am officially committed and I am a Wildcat now," Hayes told CatTracks.net. "I knew all along and I kind of told the coaches before that I wanted to come but I wanted to wait a while but now it is official, I am a Wildcat for sure."
Hayes was being recruited by Arizona defensive tackles Coach Mike Tuiasosopo and the two hit it off from the get go.
"Oh man, Coach Tui is a great guy," he said. "He was the first to offer me a scholarship and he has been on me the longest and he has recruited me the hardest all along. He and coach (Eric) Wolford are both great coaches. I know they care about me and they have both helped me a lot through the whole thing."
Another thing that stuck out to Hayes was his experience at the Wildcats camp this past June in Tucson.
"I got to work with Coach Tui and Coach Wolfy at the camp," Hayes said. "I like their coaching style. They are both strong and in your face and I like that because I know that off the field they are both really cool guys. They were both real excited when I told them that I am officially a Wildcat. They were real fired up and so am I."
Big Jovon will come in and play two different positions to start in Tucson. He is listed as a 4-Star offensive guard but he will also see time early at defensive tackle, a position that he loves to play.
"I really want to try both in the beginning and then see where I fit the best," he said. "I like playing defense and I want at least a shot at playing it and Coach Tui and Arizona said that I will definitely get my shot there."
Hayes went on to admit that the process has been long and kind of annoying to both he and his family. This late in the game he had two additional visits lined up but said that those are not going to happen now.
"Man, I want to get it over with," he said with a laugh. "All of the phone calls and everything were just getting really old and I knew kind of all along that I wanted to go to Arizona anyways. I told my mom that I wanted to just end it and she was happy. She is very happy with me going to Arizona. I was going to go to Mississippi State and Arizona State but I am a Wildcat, I am done."
Ultimately the decision for Hayes came down to the relationships that he had built with his lead recruiter and to-be position coach.
"For me it was the coaches basically," he said. "I have been down there twice and the school and the area is just beautiful but for me it was definitely the coaches. Coach Tui and Wolford and Stoops, I know they care about me as a person and not just a football player and I just really want to play for them and be a Wildcat."
In the end Hayes said that it will be weird not wearing the customary green and white of Dorsey High School anymore but he did say that he will get used to his new digs.
"Yeah man, the green and white is gone," he said laughing. "I got to get used to the red and blue now because I am definitely a Wildcat and those are my colors now."
Hayes is the 21st public commitment for the Wildcat coaching staff and his commitment leaves just four scholarships left. Hayes is a huge addition to an already great recruiting class. Hayes is the fourth commitment gained by Mike Tuiasosopo as a lead recruiter.