The blur was Greg Hayes

One wide receiver prospect attending Tennessee's camp earlier this week was easy to spot but hard to recognize. There were two reasons for that:

One, Greg Hayes of Saginaw (Mich.) High School was difficult to differentiate from teammate DeAnthony Arnett, since both are wiry wideouts in the 6-0, 170-pound range.

Two, Hayes was a blur as he ran routes in the one-on-one drills. If he wasn't the quickest player in the camp, he surely was on the short list for that honor. His prep coaches reportedly clocked him at 4.32 in the 40 and he supposedly ran a 4.43 at the Chicago Combine earlier this year.

Hayes' raw speed is complemented by exceptional leaping ability and a knack for planting his foot and changing directions in an instant. Basically, he resembles a cheetah in cleats. Moreover, he exhibited good hands. REALLY good hands.

Hayes put on quite a show, a fact he readily admitted when contacted by phone Thursday night at his Saginaw home.

"I think I did great," he said. "I wish I could've done better in some of the drills, like the footwork drills, but I hadn't done any of those drills before."

Hayes described the camp as "really good," adding that Vol coaches made a very positive impression on him.

"They talk and make you listen," he said. "They make sure you're paying attention and know what you're supposed to do. They have an all-around great staff. I liked the way they push you and encourage you. They taught us new things that can help our game."

One thing coaches can't teach is speed, and Hayes has that in abundance.

"The thing I do best is use my speed and acceleration off the ball," he said. "I don't feel the defensive players should press me. If they do they're getting burnt. I'm quick off the ball and a disciplined player. And I have good hands."

If he were bigger and stronger, Hayes might be everything you look for in a receiver prospect.

"I'm working on how violent my hands need to be when the defender is pressing me," he said. "I need to hit the weight room a little more. And I need to improve my footwork."

As a junior at Saginaw High last fall Hayes played receiver, quarterback and running back. He also returned kicks. He couldn't remember how many catches and yards he posted but said he scored eight touchdowns receiving and six more rushing.

Although he has no offers to date, Hayes says he's getting interest from Tennessee, Ohio State, Texas and Iowa among others. He'll visit Central Michigan's camp this weekend, then attend Michigan State's on June 12.

Although he seems to be enjoying the recruiting process, he would love to put it behind him.

"I just want somebody to offer me," he said, "so I can get a free education."


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