Hailes Has Options

Only a couple out-of-state players attended NC State's first Junior Day and one of them was Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith standout Evan Hailes. The run-stuffing defensive tackle has emerged as a major target for the Wolfpack.

At 6-foot-1 and 310 pounds, Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith Evan Hailes is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country. As a junior, he totaled 81 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and nine sacks as he was named all-district, all-region, and all-state.

"I played a lot more aggressive than I did the year before," said Hailes. "I think I got used to our defense's scheme so I was able to play harder and smarter. It wasn't brand new to me anymore so I think I was able to just go out and make plays.

"I think my strengths are how fast I get off the ball. I don't waste any time with my take off and it allows me to make plays in the backfield. I want to say I can improve on my speed... that's probably my biggest weakness."

Hailes is a major target for NC State. With an offer already on the table, he attended NC State's first Junior Day a few weeks back.

"I was there for a Junior Day... I've been a couple of times to NC State," said Hailes. "The only places I've really been so far is NC State and West Virginia, but I like it a lot at NC State. I feel comfortable there. I like their coaching staff because they are all down-to-earth and they make me feel like they want me to go to school there.

"One thing I really liked about the NC State coaches is they tell me stuff that you wouldn't expect a recruiting coach to say... they don't just tell me I need to go to their school, they tell me I need to find the best school for me. Some people may think stuff like that could hurt their chances, but it made me feel comfortable."

"I also like coach Willis from NC State," Hailes added. "He's real cool. He coaches the d-line, and he's also the coach recruiting me. We relate really well, and he's been recruiting me for a long time."

Hailes claims offers from NC State, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and California among others.

"I enjoy talking with colleges," he said. "Boston College was the first school to offer me and that was great... to know I'll be playing football in college. Since then, other schools have offered, and I think even more will do so before it's over with."

With a nice collection of offers, Hailes is in no hurry to make a decision. He stated that NC State and Alabama will definitely receive official visits and he hopes take an unofficial to Alabama in the near future.

"I might go to Alabama on my spring break," he said. "Other than that visit, I'm not sure where else I'll go. I know I'll take official visits to NC State and Alabama... I'll probably take official visits to LSU and Tennessee too."

As it stands now, Hailes doesn't have a leader and will look to make a decision sometime after his senior season.

"Everybody is the same for me," said Hailes. "I'm looking at all of the defensive schemes. I want to play in a 4-3 scheme, and I want to have a good connection with my position coach. I'm also looking for coaching stability. I don't want to go to a school where I might not be able to have the same coach that recruited me.

"I'll probably make my decision at one of the All-star games. Right now I'm choosing between the Army and the Under Armour games. I'm not sure yet which game I'll be playing in, but I'll probably pick my school then."


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