Hayes enjoys trip to Knoxville

One Alabama athlete is very happy that he took the time to venture to Knoxville for Tennessee's Spring game earlier this month. Claiborne County athlete Rocky Hayes took the trip to Rocky Top and came away impressed with Tennessee.

One Alabama athlete is very happy that he took the time to venture to Knoxville for Tennessee's Spring game earlier this month.

Claiborne County athlete Rocky Hayes took the trip to Rocky Top and came away impressed with Tennessee.

"I liked it a lot," Hayes told InsideTennessee.com. "I loved the campus, I liked everything about Tennessee. I got a chance to talk to a coach, it was a great trip."

Hayes came up for the Vols Spring Game and to participate in the InsideTennessee Combine the following day.

"There was a lot of great competition there," Hayes said. "I did my best in the one on ones. I went up against Brian Kimbrow a couple of times. I thought I did well against him. He is definitely very fast.'

It appears that Hayes has a little speed to work with as well. He ran a 4.58 during the combine but didn't match his season best of 4.45.

"I went to the Nike Camp in Athens on Friday," Hayes said. "I didn't get a lot of rest that weekend. My legs were a little sore from running and riding in the car a lot."

Hayes, a defensive back and running back for his high school, turned in an impressive 4.08 20 yard shuttle, and a 39 inch vertical leap. He is listed at 5-foot-10, and 167-pounds.

"Most colleges are looking at me as a defensive back," Hayes said. "I can play a lot of different positions."

Schools that are currently showing interest in Hayes include, UAB, Clemson, Tennessee, and Ole Miss.


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