A-A Bowl Q&A: Jerome Hayes

<b>SAN ANTONIO —</b> As the events surrounding the U.S. Army All-American Bowl take place this week, the Scout.com network has full exclusive access to all of them. We will get some time to sit down with all of these outstanding young men, and hear their thoughts on the game, recruiting, and everything in between. <BR><BR>

Bob Lichtenfels: You are from a small school; do you feel as if you have more to prove here?

Jerome Hayes: I saw some of these guy's and they look like mountain men. I am here representing a small school, and the state of (N.J.).

BL: What schools are you currently looking at?

JH: Miami, Rutgers, Florida, Penn State and Nebraska.

BL: You have a friend on the current Penn State roster is that correct?

JH: Yes, Austin Hinton. I also have a cousin who is a student there as well.

BL: You had an in-home visit with Joe Paterno last week, correct?

JH: We had a nice visit we talked about the recruiting process. My high-school coach is friends with coach Paterno and his staff. They work a lot of clinics together.

BL: When do you plan on announcing your decision?

JH: I am planning to do it on signing day, but if I get the right feel I may do it sooner.

BL: During the recruiting process you face a lot of pressure from Media, family, coach's, and everyone in between. Who has been the worse for you?

JH: The internet is good and bad, sometimes they call too much, but the coaches are the worst by far.

BL: How do you handle the pressure?

JH: My coach handles a lot, I use him as my filter.

BL: Do you get pressured to stay home and attend Rutgers?

JH: A little bit, but most people are supportive of me no matter what my decision is.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played in San Antonio at the Alamodome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern. Scout.com is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen. The game features the top 78 football prospects in the co

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