January 3, 2013

Army going after big Defensive Tackle

Defensive tackle, Dallas Hayes wasn't completely sure if the Black Knights were going to pursue him to the point where an offer would be forthcoming. However, recent conversations with the Army coaching staff now give the 6-foot-2, 295 pounder a boost of confidence that there is now mutual interest.

"I've sat up an official visit with Army for January 25th .... I'll be visiting West Point," confirms Hayes.

"They haven't offered me yet, but I spoke to offensive coordinator Ian Shields on New Years eve. He said they were excited to get me up on campus and he wanted to make sure that I was open to visit on the 25th."

Hayes, who offers a combination strength, size and even quickness is hoping that Army will pull the tricker even before his scheduled visit to the East Coast.

"He (Shields) also said that he would be calling me soon and coming back out to visit. He said he would be out here on the 14th or 15th.

Back out for Hayes is Maple Valley (Wa.) Tahoma High School, where the wide body calls home.

As mentioned, Hayes is hoping that the upcoming face to face with the Army OC, will come with an offer from the Black Knights. "I didn't ask him about it (offer) when I spoke to him on the phone because he said we would be talking more about it when he got here. But I'm also very excited about the visit to West Point. I'm not really sure what to expect," says Hayes as he chuckles at his own response. "I know that it's different than other college campuses, not as many people there and it's like a different process you go through.

Hayes indicated that the Black Knights are atop his list of schools, but with or without an offer from Army, he would still take his time before making a pledge, anywhere. "My level of interest in Army is very high.

"I would wait to weigh my options to see what other opportunities are out there before I make my decision."

Like most Division I prospects, Hayes is working diligently to physically prepare for the next level. "I'm still weight lifting with my team and running with our school's defensive line coach," he says.

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