CoachSpeak: Scouting Damon Hayes

Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise head coach DaLawn Parrish spoke with Scout about what Rutgers has in its newest cornerback commitment -- Damon Hayes.

Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise cornerback Damon Hayes exploded onto the scene last week when he earned a Rutgers offer at Saturday’s skills camp.

Hayes, now a three-star Scout prospect and 13th at his position in the East region, committed shortly after his offer.

“To me, I believe Rutgers is getting a great player,” said Wise head coach DaLawn Parrish. “He’s going to fit in well with them. He’s only going to get better and better with the proper coaching. He learns well. He’s a fast learner. He’s going to adapt to their system. You tell him to throw a tennis ball against the wall and catch it, he’s going to do it 100 times. He’s one of those kids.”

Rutgers recruited Hayes as a cornerback after he impressed during camp drills. The 6-foot-2 defensive back worked closely under coordinator Joe Rossi and position coach Darrell Wilson.

“Rutgers is getting a player with a high ceiling,” Parrish said. “He’s a long, athletic kid. He keeps his feet moving and flips his hips. He can play corner or safety or even play some wide receiver if you need him. He uses his hands well. There aren’t many things he doesn’t do well. He’s very disciplined.”

Hayes ran a 4.74 laser-timed 40-yard dash this spring, but speed is no issue in Parrish’s eyes when it comes to the gridiron.

“When you’re talking about running a 40-time, that’s about proper training,” he said. A lot of times, the tall dudes have a problem getting down in that three-point stance and learning the technique to do it. But when you’re on the field, he’s always running right there with everybody.

“He covers a lot of ground, and still a long strider. He flips his hips quite well, and he covers ground. The 40, you have to explode in and out so fast. It’s a quick-twitch thing, and he’ll do well if he practice it. It’s not something we focus on here.”

Hayes also fits what Rutgers targets off of the field.

“In the weight room, I can say he’s a gym rat,” Parrish said. “He’s always looking for extra work. He never gets in trouble. He doesn’t hang out with the wrong people. That’s that. We have a multitude of leaders at our school, but he’s one of them. He knows right from wrong, and you won’t have any trouble from him.”


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