Hayes: "I Loved It"

2006 point guard Eric Hayes took a visit to Winston-Salem this past weekend, touring the campus and visiting with coaches, players, and academic advisors. DeaconSports caught up with Hayes Saturday night, shortly after he returned from his visit to Wake Forest.

"We left [Woodbridge, Virginia] around 12 [on Friday] and got there around 5," Eric Hayes said of his weekend trip to Wake Forest. "We went there, met with the coaches, watched open gym for a while, they showed me the campus and took me to the Joel [Coliseum] and showed me around there."

Saturday morning, Hayes got down to academics, meeting with academic personnel at Wake Forest. "I met with the academic advisor and then went over to the football game," he said.

Hayes returned home Saturday night and reflected on his visit to Winston-Salem. "I loved it," he said. "I loved it down there. I loved the campus. I love the players too. They're very welcoming, the coaches – everyone was welcoming. I liked it a lot. Everyone introduced themselves to me. I got to talk to Chris Paul and Justin Gray and some of the new recruits that are coming in."

Although Hayes had a great visit to Winston-Salem, Wake has yet to pull the trigger on offering. To date, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Miami have all offered the 2006 point guard.

Though offers are on the table, Hayes will take some time and will also take visits before deciding. He also plans to see how things turn out with Wake Forest over the coming months. "Right now I don't really know," Hayes said as far as his status with the Wake coaches. "We've just got to wait and see what happens with offers and people signing. [Coach Prosser is] guaranteeing a degree from there if I go there. I want to go to a school with great academics so when I'm doing with basketball whenever that might be I'll have a degree. Like coach said, a degree from Wake holds a lot of weight."

Wake Forest also plays in the ACC, the conference of choice for Hayes. "My goal is to play in the ACC," he noted. "I definitely want to go to an ACC school."

With offers from several ACC schools already on the table, that is a distinct possibility. Hayes could also pick up more offers in the coming weeks as well as he plans to trip to several schools.

"I was supposed to go to Georgetown and West Virginia," Hayes said. "Both of those got cancelled – one for weather and one for a coaches family issue. I'm going to Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Maryland – those are the four – then Georgetown and West Virginia. Hayes will visit Virginia Tech next weekend.

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