Jerome Hayes Back in the Picture?

It's been a while since the name <b>Jerome Hayes</b> has come up in regards to Michigan. It seems the Bayonne, N.J. linebacker has been keeping an eye on the Wolverines this season, and their 8-1 record is paying off. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Hayes Wednesday. Is a visit to Ann Arbor in Hayes' future?<br>

Even though Jerome Hayes from Bayonne, N.J. has been receiving letters from the Michigan staff, what has caught the attention of the Scout.com's No. 13 rated linebacker in the country is the performance of the Wolverines on the field. "Michigan has really done well this season," Hayes said. "They've shown a lot of heart and shown they can overcome some adversity. I've been impressed."

It's been a while since GoBlueWolverine Magazine has spoken with Hayes, who was offered by the Wolverines last winter but hasn't mentioned Michigan in his top list of schools for some time. However, the Michigan staff hasn't forgotten about the four-star talent, and interest is picking up. "They (Michigan) have never really stopped contacting me," he said. "They hadn't been calling a lot although I'd get letters and stuff from them. But recently Coach Sheridan has been calling more, and I'm definitely interested."

The 6 foot 2, 225-pound Hayes already took an official visit to Florida on Oct. 8, and he will visit Michigan State on Dec. 10 and Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 17. He said he also wants to visit Rutgers but no date has been set for that yet. Will he visit Michigan? "I am seriously considering it," he said. "I have to take a look at everything before I decide on my last visit, but Michigan is looking pretty good right now." Tennessee, Lousiville, and Virginia Tech appear to be the other schools vying for the final visit.

Hayes has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be played in San Antonio, Texas in January, but he isn't certain if that is the place where he'll announce his choice. "I may do it there," he said. "I may also wait until Signing Day. It depends on how things go with my visits. I really don't have any school leading right now."

Bayonne is 5-3 on the season, squaking by North Bergen 22-21 on Friday. They close the regular season out against Union Hill this Friday. Hayes said he has over 1,200 yards rushing on the season to go along with more than 90 tackles.

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