Jerome Hayes' May Recruiting Journal

As a monthly feature, RutgersInsider publishes recruiting journals from some of the best football players in the country. For this week's installment, Jerome Hayes will discuss some of his experiences over the past few months.

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Jerome Hayes (RB/LB, 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, 4.6 40-time) from Bayonne H.S. in Bayonne, N.J., is one of the premier football players on the East Coast. His combination of size, speed, and quickness has recruiters pursuing him at either running back or linebacker. As a junior, he recorded 70 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions and three touchdowns from his linebacker position. While on offense, he ran for more than 1,000 yards with over 300 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns.

Jerome Hayes May Recruiting Journal

Since April I have received several offers from various schools such as Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Florida, Syracuse, and Michigan.

My feelings on the recruiting process are full of mixed emotions, In the beginning everything was exciting and new I was just taken away by all the nice things people were saying about me, towards the middle of the process things were actually slowing down a little bit but after a coaching clinic my coach went to and basically every coach in the nation saw my film I began to get more exposure. Things are real humbling and I am just glad that I have people around me that have my back and help me with a lot of my questions. Now that things are almost said and done I have to start cutting the list down and that will not be an easy thing.

I have a pretty good relationship with all the coaches I have met so I that I think will be the hardest thing to do having to tell a coach that I will not be attending there school.

I would have to say when Rutgers printed my face on a card and typed this face belongs in a Rutgers jersey was something I will remember forever.

Some of the things that were said to me were that some teams really don't know where I am going to play because my game is versatile I can play running back, fullback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, or safety. So I think it will be interesting to see what happens.

I plan on cutting down my list from 30 to 10 at the midpoint of the summer. Some of the things I am going to look for in a school is relationship with coaches, climate, academics along with academic support, and just basically if a place is a football rich place. And above all else I want to be able to compete and have the opportunity to play for a national title.

My feelings about Rutgers have done a complete 360 degree turn around, my freshman year I wasn't really big on Rutgers because they didn't show me anything but now with the advancements they have made facility wise and what they are doing as a program is nothing more than remarkable. Coach Schiano has done a great job and I can truly say that if things happen and Rutgers gets the kids they want they will be a problem in the Big East and the rest of the nation. The class of 2005 recruiting class in New Jersey is definitely the best in the nation hands down.

I don't have a top 10 as of right now but during the midway point in the summer I will.

I would like to play early but if I am red shirted I wouldn't be mad because I would love a chance to get acclimated with the system and get bigger and faster because I know if I have a chance to be with a strength coach for a whole year I will be on point. I have no preference to play (running back) or (linebacker). I just want to get on the field.

I will commit after my official visits.

For this season anything less than a state championship is not worth talking about, we have been working hard in the weight room and drawing up x and o's all over the place now it's time to put it all together and become the best team in NJ hands down. At Bayonne we have been given great facilities and equipment by our athletic director and our superintendent of schools they believe in us as a team and as a unit so they expect championships I am truly grateful for having such fortune.

I will attend Syracuse, Rutgers, Wisconsin, and the Florida schools. (Unofficially)

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