June 14, 2010

Hayes continues to lead the A Team

More often than not when a player commits before the camp season to a school they usually skip the camp circuit but that was not the case on Sunday when several big time Ohio State commits made the trip to Columbus. Kenny Hayes out of Toledo (Ohio) got the ball rolling when he was the first to commit to Ohio State's class in August of 2009 but he isn't letting his status of a committed prospect slow down his learning curve and chances to be on campus.

The four star defensive end has been a fixture on the Ohio State campus and was a regular visitor for games last season and was at the spring game as well. But on Sunday it wasn't as much about spending a day in Columbus and it was more about getting himself back into football shape and ready for his senior season.

"I have been slacking a little bit because I have been studying for the ACT," Hayes said. "But I learned a couple of new moves and met a few people."

Hayes did get the chance to meet a couple of his future teammates and all eyes were on quarterback Braxton Miller and Hayes came away very impressed with that the offensive star was able to accomplish.

"I met Braxton Miller here for the first time and he is a good kid," Hayes said. "I just couldn't believe that he benched 315 (pounds), that is good for a quarterback."

Hayes joked that he could only put up 315 but his long arms jokingly gave him a bit of a pass when it came to technique in succeeding at the bench press. Fellow defensive lineman Chase Farris was at the camp as well and potential future Buckeye receiver Devin Smith was at camp looking to earn an offer. The class of 2011 is shaping up to be a special one for the Buckeyes, a fact not lost on the first player to commit.

"We have a lot of different, good athletes from around the country, (the class) is good," Hayes said.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder still is not quite sure exactly where he fits in the Ohio State plans and will just continue to become a better all-around player for when he enrolls at Ohio State after his senior season.

"All I know now is that I am going to be playing defensive end but I don't know what else," Hayes said.

Hayes had a chance to participate in a group with Farris, a future line mate at the next level. Hayes was complimentary with his scouting report.

"Chase is a funny kid but he works hard and he knows a lot of techniques and he helped me out sometimes," Hayes said.

Did Hayes feel that he got all that he could out of this Ohio State camp?

"I came here to learn and get a little bit of exercise in," Hayes said.

Sounds like a mission accomplished.

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