Hokies In Pursuit Of Minnesota OL

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St. Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights, MN) rising senior Isaac Hayes would like to have made his college choice by summer’s end. With the beginning of summer rapidly approaching, five schools currently have the 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman’s attention.

“At this point, including offers and everything, my top five in no particular order is Stanford, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Oregon State and Georgia Tech. I don’t have offers from [Georgia Tech and Stanford]. One of the main things I’m looking for is a good academic school. I want to go to college and play football. The NFL is every kid’s dream, but not every player makes it and I want to have something to fall back on once football is over.”

Hayes started at left offensive guard this past season as a junior, earning honorable mention all-conference honors for his performance. College interest began to trickle in shortly after the 2010 season and has increased throughout this year.

“I had interest from colleges over the winter. Schools started sending stuff, but it wasn’t until Signing Day that I started to receive big interest. Virginia Tech offered me around then. It was my first big FBS offer,” Hayes said. “My coach told me Coach Newsome from Virginia Tech wanted me to call. It was ridiculous. They offered that day.”

Coach Newsome “basically talked to me, to see what I’m like and if I’m a good kid. He wanted to see if he liked my character,” Hayes said, recalling the conversation he had with the Tech offensive line coach in February. “He told me he liked the way I played. He said then he’d like to offer me a scholarship.”

Coach Newsome traveled to St. Thomas Academy in late May to further express Tech’s interest in Hayes, who is being recruited by the Hokies as a guard or potential center. Most of the college coaches involved project the Minnesota prep star as a guard on the next level, though some have mentioned center. Northwestern is talking defensive tackle, while Syracuse likes him as a fullback.

Boise State, Minnesota, Oregon State and Virginia Tech have offered Hayes, while Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford and Syracuse are expressing high interest. In June, the standout lineman plans to attend camp at Stanford, the school his brother, Anthony, signed with