One Hayes down, one to go?

Defensive tackle Anthony Hayes (St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, Minn.) took his official visit to Stanford over the weekend, and received a piece of good news about his future in the process.

"We were actually sitting at dinner and Coach Shaw came up to me and was like, ‘What's one thing you have in common with all the players that are sitting at the table?'" Anthony Hayes said. "And I was like, ‘I don't know, we all want to go to Stanford?'

And he said, ‘No, you guys are all accepted into Stanford University.'"

That was welcome news for Hayes, who admits the admissions process was stressful at times.

"I was a little bit uncertain," Hayes said. "The coaches kept telling me I was going to get in, but it wasn't on the coaches for me to get in. It was on Admissions. It was stressful because if I didn't get in to Stanford, a bunch of schools stopped talking to me once I committed to Stanford."

With news of his admission, Hayes claims he is now totally solid to the Cardinal, although he might still take one other visit, to Army.

"I might still go on my West Point visit but I'm 100 percent sure I want to go to Stanford," Hayes said. "I'd just take the visit to West Point because it's already scheduled and everything, but I'm not 100 percent sure I'm going to take it. Stanford's definitely where I want to go."

Hayes, whose official visit to Stanford marked his second trip to The Farm (he also visited for a camp over the summer), said that he enjoyed his time in Palo Alto, particularly the attitude of his fellow Cardinal commits and Stanford students.

"It was a good experience," Hayes said of the visit. "I liked everyone that was on the trip. Everyone was really humble, no one's cocky or anything, and everyone got along.

"I liked the players and everything and just all the kids that go to Stanford, everyone's a good kid and I could see myself being there."

Of course, getting a chance to get better acquainted with Shaw and his philosophies was also of interest to Hayes.

"He's going to run things basically exactly like Coach Harbaugh did," Hayes said of Shaw. "They hired from within for a reason. He's going to keep all the same offensive, all the same defensive schemes and he's going to run a tight ship like Coach Harbaugh did, and I think he's going to do a really good job of it."

Further, Hayes said he expects Shaw will hire a defensive coordinator with an NFL background who runs a similar system to Vic Fangio. "They're keeping the same defense," Hayes said. "They're going to bring in another guy from the NFL in that runs all the same schemes and everything and wants to do basically the same thing that Coach Fangio tries to do."

And, if everything goes according to plan, Hayes might have company along Stanford's 3-4 defensive front from a familiar name. Hayes' younger brother, Isaac, is a standout player in the class of 2012, and could very well be interested in joining Anthony at Stanford.

"He really wants to go there, we'll see if gets an offer," Anthony said. "He's a really good player, so hopefully he will get a lot of offers."


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