It's been two years since we first started noticing the talents of 2012 Wade Hampton running back Blake Hayes. Many folks are wondering exactly why Hayes hasn't landed any scholarship offers yet. His grades are in order and his statistics over the past few seasons have been dynamite. So what gives?
Hayes admits he used to wonder the same thing. Continued focus, working out with former NFL running back Brandon Bennett on a weekly basis, and talks with some college coaches have eased his mind now though.
Schools continue to barrage Hayes with mail and visited the school during the spring. For now though Hayes says it's a waiting game.
"Yeah most of the coaches have said that they just want to see how I do these first couple of games and then that's when they will come and decide whether to offer me then."
With so much riding on the line Hayes has continued to press on with a daily workout program on top of the mandatory ones he participates with his teammates. He also has been working out weekly with former South Carolina and NFL running back Brandon Bennett to work on fine tuning his skills to prepare for his senior season.
During out last talk with Hayes he gave us an early top 5 list which consisted of North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, and Appalachian State. All of those schools remain in the mix but one school has really amped up their recruitment apparently.
"NC State is showing me the most love right now."
With former teammate Hakeem Flowers already in Raleigh the Wolfpack have made it known to Hayes that they will be watching him closely. Flowers and Hayes remain close friends and the wide receiver standout apparently wants to be his teammate on the next level too.
"Hakeem said he would come back and see me play some games this season when he can."
Expect the Wolfpack coaches along with other programs taking a close look to be there as well to see just how strongly Hayes performs in the early going.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com as we'll also be keeping close tabs on the 5'10 200 pound back from Wade Hampton.
RUNNING BACK BLAKE HAYES