Jaylin Hayward breaks down his top five

Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby junior athlete Jaylin Hayward is gaining a lot of interest from a lot of big name schools. Hayward currently has a top five of Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and West Virginia and each of those schools stand out in their own way.

Hayward grew up in Tallahassee and has been a fan of the Seminoles since he was a kid.

"What I like about FSU is that they have always been my dream school since I was young," Hayward said. "They have a great coaching staff and they play together as a team."

Alabama plays a very physical style of defense and that has Hayward very intrigued about the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama is another that builds their program around family and playing hard," said Hayward. "They are a tough and physical team and they also have a great atmosphere."

Hayward has family in the Baton Rouge area and that is a big factor for the Tigers.

"I like LSU because I have family down there and it's a great place to be," Hayward said. "They have a great facility and they make you feel at home."

Georgia has done a great job of putting players into the NFL and Hayward has noticed.

"Georgia is another program that plays together as a team," said Hayward. "They have a solid coaching staff and can really open doors for the future."

While Hayward enjoys playing defense he is also a fantastic player with the ball in his hands. West Virginia plays a very similar offense to what Godby does and that has Hayward thinking about the Mountaineers.

"The thing I like about WVU is that I can really see myself playing there as well as Georgia and FSU," Hayward said. "They have an amazing town, atmosphere, and a great team. They have an up-tempo offense, sort of like what we have at Godby."

Hayward isn't sure what visits he will be taking this fall, but he has visited Florida State multiple times. Being so close to home could give Florida State the edge for Hayward as his family wants him to stay close to home. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound athlete knows exactly what he is looking for in his future school.

"A college that treats me like family, and keeps their words," Hayward said. "One that gives me a lot of playing time to showcase my talent." Through five games this season Hayward has 159 yards on 17 carries, 5 tackles and a pass breakup to go along with three rushing touchdown. Godby is currently 4-1 on the season with their only loss coming to nationally ranked Hyattsville (Mary.) Dematha. Hayward plans on making his decision during the spring of 2014.

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