Former NC State commit to visit Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is in hot pursuit of running back Matthew Dayes who attends Cypress Bay High School in Broward County, Fla. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster committed to N.C. State in late June, but decided to open things back up after the school made a coaching change. Dayes spoke with about his recent in-home visit with the Commodore coaches and his plans to visit the university.

"Coach Gattis came by with Coach Franklin last week," said Matthew Dayes. "They're pretty neat guys. We had a nice visit. They think I'm a great overall back who has everything they're looking for. They said I'd be an excellent fit in the offense. I'm really interested in Vanderbilt. I'll be taking my official there next weekend [January 25th]."

As a senior, Dayes led the charge on offense for the Cypress Bay. The Lightning gave him the ball 237 times on the a season and he carried them to the Florida 8A state championship game.

"I think I rushed for over 150 yards every time out," Dayes said on the season. "I finished with over 1,800 yards and 31 touchdowns. I made first team All-State and All-County. This was my second season as a starter. I feel like I got better this year with my quickness and speed and my vision. My best game was probably the state championship game against Apopka. I had four touchdowns in the game, but we lost in the final minute."

In the state final played in Orlando's Citrus Bowl, Dayes rushed for 170 yards on 22 carries. A final pass to Dayes from quarterback Jarenta Lewis to win the game was intercepted and the Lightning lost 53-50.

After his football season was in the books, Dayes joined the basketball team. He may have to take a couple of breaks from the hardwood as he plans on taking two, possibly three, more official visits before he's ready to make his decision.

"I've already taken official visits to N.C. State and UCF," explained Dayes. "I have Vanderbilt coming up on January 25th and USF on February 1st. If I take my last one it will most likely be to Arkansas.

"Getting a good education is most important to me and most important to my family. Academics will be the top deciding factor for me. I want to go to a team that runs the offense I'm most interested in which is pro-style. It's just where I see myself fitting in the best."

Schools like Miami, Tennessee, and Arkansas have all recently extended offers to Dayes, but may find themselves to be too late to the party on National Signing Day. Dayes, who has excellent speed was the kickoff return man and also runs track in the 100 and 200 meter dash and the 4x100 relay. Top Stories