One of the quicker edge prospects in the state of Texas in the 2014 class is Silvester Hayes (Dallas/South Oak Cliff). The 6-foot-2, 212-pound all-district selection had quietly been flying under the radar with interest from Baylor, Texas Tech and others in recent weeks, but that changed on Tuesday.
Hayes joins 2014 safety Jyaz Jones (pictured) as South Oak Cliff prospects with Texas Tech offers.
“I just found out yesterday that Texas Tech had offered me,” Hayes said Wednesday afternoon. “When I found out, I was surprised and excited,”
The offer from the Red Raiders comes on the heels of a pair of junior day visits.
“I have been to Baylor and SMU last weekend. They were great experiences. Baylor was exciting to go see. They treated me very well, and it was really organized. I talked to the head coach (Art Briles) and defensive coordinator (Phil Bennett), and they told me they loved my athleticism and looked forward to watching me more,” he said.
This weekend, the high school end with very quick reactions will take in a third junior day.
“I’m supposed to go down to Texas on Saturday. It will be a surprise to me. I’m not sure what to expect. I’m excited to see the campus and the facilities. I hear it’s real nice,” he said.
With one offer in hand from one of the teams he’s always watched on TV, Hayes is hoping to add more in the coming weeks.
“Texas Tech is a school I have always liked, so that was great they offered me. I hope Texas offers too, and Baylor. Really, I hope all the schools showing interest offer me,” he said.
Hayes, a 11-4A second team all-district selection on the defensive line, is running track for the first time this spring.
“I’m in track right now. I’m in the long jump and running the 400. We actually had out first track meet last weekend, but I was at SMU. We have another meet this weekend, but I will be at Texas.” He said.
Hayes joins defensive back Jyaz Jones (Dallas/South Oak Cliff) as prospects in the 2014 class with offers at the South Dallas program with tradition on the football field and hardwood. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Jones currently has offers from Texas Tech, Colorado State and New Mexico State.