Hes a big running back with some speed. Hes built pretty well. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. Thats one of the biggest things a lot of college people are liking about him. Not only can he run the ball but he can catch the ball.
So far, Hayes is having a monster year for Wade Hampton. Says Coach Haltiwanger, Hes our leading receiver. He has about 850 yards rushing and hes only played 5 games.
Maryland is actively recruiting Hayes and stays in contact with him consistently. He gets mail from the University of Maryland. With him being a junior, there hasnt been a whole lot of contact with the new rules and everything but he does get mail from Maryland. I havent been in a whole lot of contact with Maryland except when they were here in person recruiting one of my receivers, Hakeem Flowers [Maryland offer].
Blake Hayes is sure to become a top back at the next level. According to Coach Haltiwanger, He can carry the ball 30 times a game with no problem and is able to catch the ball out of the backfield as well. He can block and also returns kicks for us. He can be a big time asset for a lot of people.
As with almost everybody making the transition from high school to college athletics, there are things that athletes need to improve to make the jump as seamless as possible. He needs to increase his speed a little bit. His 40 time is not his best asset but yet you put him on the field and people cant catch him. Hes one of those guys that when you put on the field, he runs a lot better 40 than when hes timed. Hes gotten stronger in the last year and if he continues there hell be good as far as weight room stuff. For a big time program to say Hey thats our marquee back he needs to put up a little better 40 time.
Hayes has kept his recruitment wide open with no favorites yet. The Terps are still in the running and seem to be a school that Hayes is still considering.