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Cardinal Authority checks in with recent Louisville commit Akeem Hayes

Pompano Beach, Fla., Blanche Ely wide receiver Akeem Hayes committed to Louisville a week ago. Here's the Cardinal Authority Q&A with the fifth member of the U of L's 2018 recruiting class.

Cardinal Authority has a Q&A with University of Louisville’s most recent 2018 football commit.

Pompano Beach, Fla., Blanche Ely wide receiver Akeem Hayes committed to Louisville last Thursday.

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Hayes is Louisville’s fifth commitment in the 2018 class. The U of L coaching staff has landed all five commitments from the state of Florida.

Hayes hasn’t visited Louisville yet, but says he will visit on June 10th. He chose Louisville over an offer list that includes Wake Forrest, North Carolina State, Oregon, and Oregon State.

Hayes is a 3-star prospect and the 20th-ranked wide receiver in Florida, according to He has been playing 7-on-7 with the Florida Fire during the spring.

Here’s the Q&A with Hayes:

Cardinal Authority: What made you decide that Louisville was the best spot for you?

Hayes: “Louisville has been a dream school since my mother passed away when I was six years old because she was from Kentucky. I always told myself if I had a chance to play college football in Kentucky, I was going to take that chance. That’s when Louisville and the staff came in with an offer.”

CA: What has coach Petrino said he likes about your game? Has he said anything about how he thinks you will fit into the offense?

Hayes: “When I talked to coach Petrino, the first thing he told me was that he was going to find a way to use me in the offense right now. He also told me that he likes my length and my speed.”

CA: Have you visited Louisville yet or do you have plans to visit? Are you looking to visit anywhere else?

Hayes: “I’ll be up there June 10th. Once I take that visit, I think I will close my recruitment down.”

CA: Which other schools do you have offers from?

Hayes: “Wake Forrest, Temple, Marshall, NC State, Toledo, Oregon, Oregon State, Southeast Missouri, and a few other schools.”

CA: What have you been working on most this offseason and where do you think you need to improve before coming to Louisville?

Hayes: “My route-running. I’ve been working on that a lot, non-stop route-running. Route-running, route-running, route-running the whole offseason.”

CA: What do you know about the other Florida commits for Louisville’s 2018 recruiting class? Have you talked with any of them?

Hayes: “Trenell Troutman is like a brother to me. We are from the same area.”

CA: In a previous interview, Trenell said you two were going to take over the ‘Bird Nest.’ Have you all talked about that?

Hayes: “Most definitely. We are trying to take over. And we are trying to make Robert Hicks, another south Florida player, join Bird Gang ’18 too.”

CA: Do you know any of the current Louisville players?

Hayes: “Lamar Jackson is from the same area that I’m from, but we never really had a relationship outside of a few conversations.”

CA: So how has the success that he has had at Louisville impacted your decision?

Hayes: “I saw Lamar Jackson play in high school. He played against my team my freshman year. So when I see a south Florida guy like him go to Louisville and outshine everybody, I feel like I can go there and do the same thing that he did.”

CA: Talk a little bit about your play style and what you hope to bring to Louisville.

Hayes: “When I come to Louisville, I’m trying to be the game-changer at Louisville. Every time I touch the ball, I’m trying to impact the game.”

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