Top JUCO RB Looking at USF

Running back Mike Hayes is a playmaker for one of the top JUCO programs in the country, and recently received an offer from the Bulls. Read on for all the details and see where they stand.

One of the top JUCO backs in the country is Blinn running back Michael Hayes, a 5-9, 195 pound back that scored two touchdowns and had over 100 yards against Fort Scott Community College to give Blinn the national-title in the Citizen's Bank Bowl.

"It felt great to finish up my junior college career with a solid game and a national championship," said Hayes. "I couldn't think of a better way."

On the recruiting front Hayes had offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Southern Miss, with many schools showing interest, but received a recent offer from a BCS school

"Things are going real good. I got an offer from South Florida Head coach Jim Leavitt earlier this week."

Hayes said he received the offer via phone from the Bulls Head coach, but has met with USF running backs coach Carl Franks.

"They been saying that I'm the back for their offense," said Hayes. "They got a young QB in B.J. Daniels, and think I'm the guy to help them."

At 5-9, 200 pounds, Hayes is a speedster that can take it the distance almost anytime he gets his hands on the ball. As a sophomore he rushed for over 1,100 yards on 186 carries and scored 18 touchdowns this season. As a freshman, Hayes had over 750 yards on the ground, 300 as a receiver and 10 touchdowns.

"As a running back one of my best assets is my speed, but I do have power for my size," said Hayes. "I bench over 350 pounds and squat 550, so I have a lot of power."

At one point K–state was the leader, but with the Cats having an all-conference running back returning, things have changed.

"I know I'll have to work for it, but I think if I go to South Florida, I'll have a better chance of playing and getting a starting spot," said Hayes. "I also think I'll fit better in their offense."

He's never been to Tampa before, but Hayes says he knows about the USF football program.

"They're a great program. I've seen them play a couple of times on TV, and they've done some really good things," said Hayes. "I know they got ranked really high in the nation two years ago, and this year they started out 5-0. They got a real good football program building down there."

Hayes is set to visit Kansas on Jan. 15, and has set a visit with USF on the 22nd

"The only time two times I've been out of the state is when we played Oklahoma and the National championship game in Kansas. I'm looking forward to making that visit."

Hayes said there are a few factors that are important to him in making his choice.

"First I want to go where education is important and I can graduate, but at the same time I want to go where I can play. I don't want to redshirt, and I don't want to sit on the bench."

"South Florida is really looking good to me right now. I had a great meeting with Coach Franks, and it was by far the best meeting I had with a D-1 recruiter," said Hayes. "Right now I have South Florida at the top of my list."

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