Another standing out at Papillion

A little known commodity in the state of Nebraska is hiding in Papillion. It might be because last year he was recognized for playing a position that he, more than likely, won't be playing in college. While many in the recruiting world don't know about him, they will, because the colleges already know about him.

People should become familiar with the name of Michael Hays. He isn't one that everyone knows now at Papillion (Nebr.) Papillion-LaVista, but he will be. He was one of the leaders last year for his team despite only being there for one year.

"It was pretty good," Hays said. "When it started out we didn't expect to be that good. We didn't think that we had that much depth, but it turned out to be a really good season. We were 6-5. We went to the second round of the playoffs and lost to Millard North."

"I don't know any of my stats unfortunately. I won first team all-district and all-state honorable mention. That was playing defensive end, actually. I played a little wide receiver and defensive end. I think that I will play wide receiver in college."

Hays kills them with speed. As a defensive end he is a bit undersized at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. However, it is a nice package to have someone with that size and 4.5/40 speed.

"I think my speed is the biggest thing. I think that I am able to blow past a lot of lineman. At the high school level right now, I like to toy with them a little bit. I like to contain the outside and I love it when quarterbacks try to run to the outside a lot. I think that I helped out the team a lot with containing and my speed."

"I don't think that I am big enough to be playing defensive end at the collegiate level, but I think wide receiver or the outside wide receiver is possible. I think that I am fast enough to do things as a wide receiver. I think my ability to make yards after the catch is my biggest strength."

Hays has made a few plans for the summer already. Those plans kick off in April. "I am going to the Iowa City, combine on April 22. I just plan on doing a Nike SPARQ camps. I am going to the Nebraska camp down in Lincoln and the Adidas camp also in Lincoln. That is about it right now."

Besides needing to schedule the camps and combines he has workouts with his team. They will also be taking part in a passing league this summer. "As a team we get together every morning of every single day. We have work outs and then we go down tot he field and we do passing. This summer we are going to do a seven on seven league with other teams from around the Midwest. It will help us out."

Hays doesn't have just one area that he would like to get better at. Instead, he is looking at making himself a better player in a lot of different areas. "I want to improve the overall picture. I want to work on speed, but I want to get a lot stronger. I wasn to also work on my mental toughness."

While many aren't familiar with Hays name who follow recruiting he is getting recruiting attention from some big schools. "I get things from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State, Iowa and a letter from Florida. I haven't spoke to any coaches. I'm not really sure who my leaders are. I grew up watching Nebraska. It's been a dream to play there."

It may be fate for Hays and Nebraska. Last year he was just in his first year at Papillion after moving there from Indiana. He grew up in Nebraska, but was born abroad. All in all, this could be a very sweet homecoming for Hays if he can get that Nebraska offer.

"I think it's just the atmosphere and playing for the state where you grew up. I have been to a lot of games in Lincoln, but I didn't go to any last year. I was going to, but I just moved back. I was here from here when I was little. I was born in Germany, moved here when I was little through ninth grade, moved to Indiana my sophomore year and moved back my junior year."

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