November 12, 2009

Hayes will get more than most from his visit

There has never been any denying that official visits are almost unanimously enjoyed by the high school prospects that take them. Long-time Sooner commitment Quentin Hayes plans to get even more out of his visit than most of his counterparts on Oklahoma's big visit weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety will be in Norman on Thursday night where he'll spend some time with his good friend, and current Sooner, Demontre Hurst.

"I'm heading up (Thursday) night, I'm excited about it," Hayes said. "I would like to see more of the campus but it's nothing in particular I just want to be up there on the campus because it's a fun place to be.

"It will be good to hang out with some of the commitments. I've met a few of them and I keep up with them."

Though Hayes is still hearing form Tennessee he says that for the most part he has been left alone in recruiting. However, he says he is only think about his upcoming visit and the chance to spend some time not only around Hurst but also his Sooner teammates.

"It's a little bit of both, I want to hang out with the players and get to know them better, but I also would like to check out the academic part of the school," he explained.

Hurst has already talked to his former, and future, teammate about his time in Oklahoma and in spite of the Sooners stumbles it seems Hurst has given Hayes a positive outlook on his future home.

"He told me that it's kind of hard up there. Being on the team is a lot of work, but he is doing pretty well so it's paying off. He is working hard but he said it's a fun place and there is a lot of stuff to do," Hayes said.

The thing Hayes may have enjoyed the most about his senior season was the ability to relax and simply play with his teammates. And though the season may not have gone as he would have hoped he says some valuable lessons were learned.

"I had a pretty good season, the team didn't do so well but as a player I had a pretty good season," he said. "We just really were not on the same page. When the offense would play well the defense wouldn't play well.

"We just didn't execute a lot."

With Lancaster's season coming to an end last Friday Hayes now has the decision of whether or not the end of his football career will mean the end of another aspect of his career in athletics for the Tigers.

"I run track, I run the 4x100, the 4x200, and 200. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to long jump this year. I've been getting hurt, so I'm trying to make sure I won't get hurt. I seem to pull hamstrings doing long jump."

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