Hayes High On Tigers Following Camp Visit

Cleburne County standout Rocky Hayes talks about Sunday's camp at Auburn.

Heflin, Ala.-- One of the easiest spots to make noise at while at a summer camp for a prospect is at cornerback. Sunday was one of those days as Cleburne County standout Rocky Hayes was one of the top defensive backs at Auburn's camp and got the attention of the Auburn coaching staff in the process.

"It went real well," Hayes tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everything went real smooth except for my 40-yard dash. I slipped a little and it hurt me a little bit. That happens though you just have to look past it. I did well in the one-on-one work and got some people's attention. I had a meeting with Coach (Gene) Chizik and that went well. Overall I had a pretty exciting day. I like Auburn."

Rocky Hayes playing defense

Checking in at 5-9 1/2 and weighing 164 pounds, Hayes ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.75 seconds on a very, very slow surface, but recovered to post a vertical jump of 33 inches. It was his work in the drills and competition however that made the difference for him. Earning a nod from Chizik, Hayes said the coach told him some of the things he liked about his game.

"He told me he liked my game film and how I compete," Hayes said. "He told me he was very interested in me as a player and an athlete. He also said he was looking forward to recruiting me.

"It's exciting," he added. "I have always been a big fan of Auburn. Auburn is one of my family favorites. It would be a pleasure to play there. It's exactly what I wanted. I wanted to come down and get a lot of attention. You can't really evaluate a player like you want to through film. You have to go there and show them you can play with the best."

With Auburn joining a growing list of schools showing interest, Hayes said at the moment he's still waiting on his first offer from the Southeastern Conference.

"Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, and most of the SEC schools are who I'm hearing from right now," Hayes said. "I have offers from some Conference USA schools, but no SEC schools yet."

Making his first real visit to Auburn and having the opportunity to see the campus, meet with the coaches, and get to know more about the university, Hayes said he's liking more and more about the Tigers as the days go by.

"I guess my thoughts on Auburn went from good to great," Hayes said. "I have a cousin that went to Auburn and she told me she liked it real well. I have seen it through TV, but it's nothing like seeing it one-on-one. I love the campus, I love the facilities, I love the coaches. I love Auburn."

As a junior Hayes ran for around 1,600 yards and added 450 receiving yards. He totaled 28 touchdowns on the season. He also added eight interceptions on defense.


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