March 21, 2011

Black Knights in the mix for top tier OL

Even though his brother has signed to play at Stanford, 6-foot-3, 270-pound Isaac Hayes is keeping his options open. And that includes playing football for Army.

His list of potential schools also includes Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Auburn, Illinois, Boston College, Indiana and Iowa State.

"Stanford would be sweet to go to, Army would be sweet to go to,'' he said. "I think I'll make a decision this August, depending on who offers. I'll see what's out there and what's best for me.''

Hayes, 17, knows a little about what's out there in military schools. He attends one: St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights (Mn). And one of his coaches is a West Point grad.

"I'm very interested in West Point,'' said the junior. "Army's one of the best schools in the nation. The benefits are just ridiculous. I want to get a super-great education and play football, so it fits both of those.''

Hayes, who is competing in field events for his high school track team this spring, has primarily been an offensive lineman during his high school career. Due to graduations he expects to see equal time on both sides of the ball this coming season.

His brother was a nose tackle.

"I don't have a preference,'' he said about his position. "A lot of schools are saying I can play offense or defense in college.''

His explosiveness off the ball is his strength, and a 6-foot-8 wing span comes in handy on pass blocking.

He has run a 12.86 100-meters and his last timed 40 was 5.1. Not bad for a big guy.

"I'm running the 100 in practice, but just to work on getting my times down,'' he said.

With an overall grade point average of 3.2, Hayes said this quarter's GPA is 3.5. He wants to major in mechanical engineering.

"I watched Army on TV a couple of times last season,'' he said. "I'm pretty familiar with them. I think they're turning the program around pretty well. It will be interesting to see how they do this year.''

It should be pretty interesting how he does as well.

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