Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby High School class of 2016 wide receiver/cornerback Jaylin Hayward has been a major college prospect since he burst onto the recruiting scene after an impressive sophomore season. The 5-foot-10 and 180-pound rising senior at one time held over ten FBS scholarship offers. He was also hearing from another dozen schools who were still in the evaluation process. Hayward’s recruitment has slowed this summer however after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in Godby’s spring game this past May.
Hayward says he still has offers from at least two schools and is in the process of finding out where he stands with the other schools he has or had offers from.
According to Hayward he has talked to coaches from Kentucky and Arkansas State and both schools have a scholarship waiting for him. Kentucky made contact with Hayward two weeks after his injury to let him know they still wanted him as a slot receiver. He isn’t quite as sure what is status is with Cincinnati, Florida, Florida International, Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, North Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee, all of whom have offered Hayward at some point over the last 18 months.
Hayward says his recovery is coming along ahead of schedule and he is expecting a mid-season return.
”They (Hayward’s doctor) say I will be back by mid-season. Rehab is going pretty good. I am improving real fast. They said they’ve never seen anyone recuperate from an injury like that. Everything has been good,” Hayward said.
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