Maurice Hayes: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College head coach Jeff Chudy about Maurice Hayes, a 6-4, 325-pound defensive tackle from Lindale, Ga.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Jeff Chudy: I think he's got passion for the game. He's an interior guy that's hard to move off the line. He's got really good work ethic. He comes from a high school where they pride themselves on work ethic. He's a really good teammate and he's a big guy inside that competes extremely well.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from junior college to playing in the Big 12?
Jeff Chudy: Just getting back in shape and the speed of the game. He's got great size, it's just getting him in shape.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Jeff Chudy: The one he got hurt on. He was just rushing the quarterback and he got his leg stuck in the ground. Nobody hit him.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Jeff Chudy: I would help that he would get his degree and I would hope he does his part in trying to help those guys get to the next level. I know that they're counting on him to be a guy that comes in and helps anchor the inside part of their defensive line. Hopefully, at the end of the day they respect him for his effort and the kind of character that he has.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Jeff Chudy: I would say that he's a good-natured kid. He's got a great personality. He's the type of guy that befriends everybody, and I think that's a special quality that he has.


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