5-Star LB Sets Clemson Visit

One of the Tigers' top remaining linebacker targets set an official visit.

Eugene Hayes helped lead his team to a victory in an CaliFlorida All-Star game over the holidays. "It went well. We won the game 24-22 and I had 10 tackles. I also had the game saving tackle when I stopped them on a two-point conversion," Hayes told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

The Hayes home will be filled with college coaches over the next few weeks, as signing day inches ever closer. "I haven't had any coaches visit this week. Tennessee is coming to visit next week. Clemson is coming the week after. I know those two right now," said Hayes. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney continues to work hard to keep the Tigers on the mind of the talented linebacker. "I talked to Coach Swinney the other night. We talk all the time. He just wanted to make sure I am going to come up and checkout Clemson."

When it comes to his top schools, Hayes says he has his list narrowed to three, and the Tigers have made the cut. "Yeah, I have decided to visit Clemson. I am going up there on January 21. I'm also going to visit Florida State (1/28), and Tennessee (1/14)."

When asked if he is ready to go on record with a leader, Hayes responded, "No, I'm not ready yet. I do have a top three. My top three is Florida State, Clemson and Tennessee. I also might look at Southern California."

Don't expect a commitment until signing day from the Madison County standout. "I will most likely wait until signing day. I want to make sure I have my mind made up for sure," added Hayes.

Early playing time will be important in Hayes' decision process. "I am going to look at the environment. I am also looking for early playing time."

As a senior, Hayes was selected as Defensive Player of the Year on the All- Big Bend team by recording 115 tackles, 12 sacks and four caused fumbles.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding linebacker from Florida, right up through signing day 2005.

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