Noles and Vols will Fight Over Five-Star LB

Madison County (Fla.) is considered by many to be the home of the top linebacker in the state of Florida. The Seminoles along with the Tennessee Volunteers appear to be in a dog-fight for his services. What's the latest?


Eugene Hayes, who is scout.com's No.2 ranked linebacker in the country, will officially visit Tennessee on (1/14), Clemson on (1/21) and Florida State on (1/21).

"Geno is going to making his decision after his Florida State visit," Madison County Head Coach Frankie Carroll said.

Who does the head coach feel has the upper-hand in his star player's recruitment?

"Right now it's neck and neck with Tennessee and Florida State," Carroll said. "The one thing that gives Florida State the advantage is that his mother wants him to go there."

Hayes, who was going to be real close to qualifying academically, has made some serious progress on the academic front.

"He's been working real hard on his academics," Carroll said. "He's real close to making it."

Sunday night Hayes recorded eight tackles in the Florida/California All-Star game. His last tackle was the most important because it kept California's running back out of the end zone during a two point conversion on the last play of the game to help preserve a team Florida victory.

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.

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