The Forgotten Sooner?

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with 2010 DB commitment Quentin Hayes out of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Texas. Hayes denies reports of him slacking off in the summer.

Since his commitment in April, Quentin Hayes has been pretty quiet.

And that has subdeuqently caused him to be one of the least talked about commitments of the 2010 class.

Hayes himself is a quiet kind of guy that lets his play on the field do the talking.

The 6-foot-1.5 and 174-pound Hayes has been thoroughly enjoying the '09 season and his play so far.

"It's going pretty good," Hayes said. "I've been getting some interceptions and tackles so it's going pretty good."

Over half way through the season and Lancaster is sitting at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in district play with a big game tonight against district foe Forney.

Hayes talked about the importance of playing your best in district play.

"You have to play better than before because these games actually matter and will determine who the district champion is. And then who goes to the playoff so they are a lot more important."

This Saturday the Sooners host the Baylor Bears and quite a few commits plan on making it their official visit to Norman.

Guys like Tyrus Thompson, Adam Shead, Bronson Irwin and Austin Woods.

Hayes may join his future teammates this weekend as well.

"I'm still planning on doing it (official visit)," Hayes stated. "I'm going to try to go to the game against Baylor."

If Hayes is able to make it up to Norman this weekend he will be able to finally meet some of his future teammates. At the time being Hayes has only been in contact with a few of the commitments.

"I've talked to Adam Shead but I haven't met him and I've talked to Joe Powell," Hayes said.

Hayes also held offers from the likes of Baylor, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State, but it was the prestige of the program that led Hayes to his OU commitment.

"I basically chose them because even though they are the best team that I like they go to the national championship a lot," Hayes explained. "And they have a good defense."

At the next level Hayes has the versatility to play corner or safety.

Oklahoma Secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright can't make the final projection on his collegiate position until the youngster gets to Norman and displays his talents.

"He (BJW) hasn't decided yet. I can play either but we will see when I get there."

During the summer there were rumors floating around about Hayes. Those talks said that he was slacking off, wasn't showing up for team workouts, and was possibly on the verge of losing his starting position.

According to Hayes those rumors were untrue. He stated simply that he was nursing an injury during the summer that was kept him out of some of the team workouts.

"I had a hamstring injury this summer," Hayes said. "I was pretty much working on that and working out by myself. I wasn't able to make it up to the school every morning."

The injury hasn't totally healed, but Hayes says he just has to stretch it out really well and then he is ready to go.

"It depends," Hayes said when asked if he has any ill effects from the injury.

"I have to stretch out pretty good. If I don't there will be some pain but if I stretch out it will be okay and close to 100%."

Lancaster not only has Hayes at safety but they also have Trey Brown, a 2011 LB that has been verbally offered by the Sooners. Hayes talked about the type of linebacker Brown is.

"He is a versatile big guy that can move around. He's pretty fast for a linebacker."

Brown liked the offer so much that he even mentioned to Hayes that he may end his recruitment to play for the Sooners.

"He told me he might commit," Hayes said.

Demontre Hurst, the intriguing freshman corner for the Sooners played his high school ball at Lancaster and is friends with Hayes. Hayes says Hurst helped teach him the ropes while they were high school teammates but now Hurst is the example.

"We got a pretty good relationship. He's older than me and he is the example now. So he's coming from my school and doing good up there."

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