Madison County Standout Is A Top Pass-Rusher

<b>Eugene Hayes</b> was one of the key ingredients for Class 2A state runner-up Madison County Cowboys. As a junior the 6-foot-2 and 218 pound defensive end/linebacker with 4.45 40 speed was third in the state of Florida with 18 ½ sacks. He's getting interest from coaches across the country.

"He's getting interest from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU and Georgia," Madison County Head Coach Frankie Carroll said. "Once he gets his test score, he'll get offers from most of those programs."

Hayes, who was selected to the all-state and all-big bend team, has incredible speed and explosion.

"His strength is his speed," Carroll said. "He's a sideline to sideline type of player. He's a Willie Williams type of player on the field. He's the best athlete I've coached in 22 years. He's got everything it takes to play on Saturday and Sunday."

"My top teams are North Carolina State, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Clemson," Hayes said. "If I had to choose a school today it would be close between North Carolina State and Florida State."

What does he like about some of his favorites?

I like North Carolina State's colors," he said. "Florida State has tradition and nice facilities. I like also Georgia and I would love to play between the hedges."

Even though the Seminoles were his favorite team growing up, the Madison County standout has left the door open for some out of state programs. "Florida State has a good shot but I wouldn't mind getting away from home," he said. "Florida State is little too close to home."

This past year Madison County squared off against Daytona Beach Seabreeze and their All-American quarterback Xavier Lee.

"Lee was the toughest player that I faced all year," Hayes said. "I was still able to get two sacks, an interception and 11 tackles in that game."

Hayes, who has a 2.6 grade point average, will attend the MSL/ The Combine in Gainesville on either April 24th or 25th.

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