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NC State Now Leads For Hayes

NC State now leads for Pompano Beach (FL) Ely wide receiver Akeem Hayes.

A school representing the ACC is now leading the way for Scout's 48th-ranked wide receiver in the South, Akeem Hayes, who recently transferred into Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely.

Hayes, a three-star prospect with game-changing speed to blow the top off defenses, is armed with scholarship offers from OregonOregon StateNC State and Marshall among others.

"NC State is my leader," Hayes said. "They were the very first school to give me an opportunity to play at their school. One thing I love about NC State is the love they have for me down from the coaches to the players.

"When I visited their campus last year, it felt like home."

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Hayes journeyed up to NC State's campus once before, and says not a thing has changed since the day Dave Doeren's coaching staff came calling with an offer.

"(Wide receivers) coach (George) McDonald has been keeping in touch with me since my freshman year," Hayes said. "I love everything about him and he never lost interest in me.

"The last time coach McDonald and I had a talk, it was about a vacation I was on (laughter), but I get positive energy from him every time we talk."

Hayes is also just roughly 48 hours removed from earning an offer from coach Willie Taggart and the Oregon Ducks, who are relentless when it comes to seeking out talent in the Sunshine State.

"One thing about Oregon is they run a fast-tempo offense," Hayes said. "That's my kind of style, getting the ball to their playmakers right away.

"Plus, Oregon likes to give the ball to their slot receivers; that fits me perfectly."

Hayes, who is also tagged as the 20th-ranked receiver in Florida, says GeorgiaSouth CarolinaNC StateRutgersKentuckyTennesseeFlorida State and Ohio State are schools likely to receive visits over the summer.

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