New Orleans DE has Cougs in top three

IT WAS LAST WEEK that the Washington State staff extended an offer to Louisiana defensive end Brendon Hayes. The Cougs spot recruit that region, though, so it might seem like a long shot for WSU to ultimately land the 6-4, 250-pounder out of Bayou Country, right? Wrong, he told

New Orleans defensive end Brendon Hayes said he's been hearing more and more from the Washington State staff of late. And WSU director of player personnel Jarrail Jackson, a former wide receiver at Oklahoma, has strong recruiting ties in the south.

“I was very excited to get the offer from Washington State,” Hayes said. “It just makes me feel like all of my hard work continues to pay off. The coaches let me know that they liked what they saw on my film. They like me a lot and want me to take a visit.”

That senior film Hayes sent in proved to be the final item needed for the Cougars to extend a full ride.

“We had talked a little bit in early September, but then I didn’t hear from them,” Hayes said. “I thought they were backing off, but I sent my tape in and I guess they really liked what they saw. They let me know they got it and then minutes later I got the offer.”

BEING FROM LOUISIANA, one might assume Hayes might be more apt to look at closer options. That’s not the case, though. In fact, following his crimson offer, WSU jumped up his list.

“I have offers right now from Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette and a few others,” Hayes said. “Washington State is definitely one of my top schools right now. They’re sticking out to me.

“It’s a big conference and probably the second best for competition, competing with the SEC for the top conference in the country. That’s big for me. They’re in my top three right now.”

Hayes said that his current top three is Washington State, Central Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette.

ALTHOUGH THE EXACT visit date to the Palouse has not been set yet, Hayes said he’s in the process of getting that trip scheduled. He has a visit to Central Florida set for Dec. 12.

“I’ll definitely head out there for a visit,” Hayes said. “I don’t have anything locked in at the moment, but I’ll get that done for either right after my season or later on in the winter.”

The Cougs are recruiting the Big Easy product as a defensive end.

“I just pride myself on trying to go full speed every play and beat the guy across the line from me,” he said. “I love putting pressure on the quarterback and making things happen. I do whatever I can to contribute.”

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