FOUR STARS: A Juggling Routine For Jovon Hayes

Four Star Lineman Jovon Hayes

Jovan Hayes, a four-star (by Scout.com) offensive lineman from Susan Miller Dorsey High in Los Angeles, goes thru a daily routine that is more intense academically than many of his peers. Jovan is a 6-2, 320-pounder who is juggling AP courses in school while playing football at a four-star or beyond level. The daily routine includes writing college level essays, practicing football and membership in the leadership club that plans student activities.

While most recruits were in attendance or watching from home "the must see college football game of the weekend" last week, Florida vs. Tennessee, where was Jovan, you ask? Hayes and his Dorsey teammates were practicing.

"I did not watch the Florida vs. Tennessee game, because we had to practice," he said. "We are currently 1-1 and need to become more focused if we are going to win the city championship."

Getting back to the city championship game is the chief motivation for Hayes and all his teammates. Last year Dorsey made it to the championship game but they couldn't pull off the win.

At the top of Hayes agenda for the future is finding a school that combines a quality business school with a first rate football program. His offer list includes Arizona, Florida, LSU, Miami, and Oklahoma among others. Despite all the interest, Hayes is concentrating on his high school football season before he starts taking official visits.

"I have five official visits to take," he said. "The five universities are Arizona, Florida, LSU, Miami, and Oklahoma. All of the schools I am visiting because I get along real good with the coaches."

He took the time to talk about two of the schools that are recruiting him the most intensely.

"University of Arizona coaches Eric Wolford and Mark Tuiasosopo tell me that I have a great opportunity to come in and start right away," he said.

Florida has his attention because he gets along well with the coaching staff and he believes he would be given a chance to earn his way into the starting lineup.

"Florida has produced good linemen in the past," he said.

All five schools on his list have two things in common: they have great business schools and football programs with tradition. Hayes says all five have qualities that make them unique but in the final analysis it will be the one school that combines the best opportunity for education and seeing the field.

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