Friendship (DC) running back Isaiah Hayes has had a whirlwind tour of camps this summer, making stops at Pittsburgh, Purdue, Wisconsin, Temple and West Virginia. The Pitt camp was the first camp he went to, and he came away very impressed with what the Panthers had to offer.
"I liked it, it was a good camp," Hayes said. "I did well. I ran a 4.39. They had good coaches. I did running back and corner, and I learned a lot."
Another key factor in his interest in Pitt is former teammate Malcom Crockett, who is a member of the Panthers' incoming freshman class. Friendship employs a three-running back system that provides a lot of opportunity for all three to make big plays, which included Hayes and Crockett in 2010. Hayes also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
"I talked to the running backs coach (Calvin Magee), and he said he's going to follow me because our running back Malcolm Crockett, he's from my school. (Magee) said he's going to follow me more. All the Pitt coaches told me I did a good job."
Aside from the camp, Hayes was impressed with Magee and the rest of the Pitt coaching staff. He also liked the facilities.
"It was a nice camp," Hayes added. "They have nice surroundings there, and their athletic building is nice too. I like the coaches too. They're all nice coaches. It was a nice feel with all of them."
Hayes also picked up some good feedback from the other prospect camps he went to.
"West Virginia, Temple and Purdue want to follow me," Hayes said. "I sent them my highlight video. They want to evaluate me more. Kent State, they are really into me. Boston College, that's another one. They want to evaluate me too."