Win a big game against your rival in front of a national television audience, become more of a player for the national championship and move up on the list of one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects. That was the name of the game for the Auburn Tigers this weekend, as not only did Auburn whip up on rival Georgia, they also moved up to the No. 1 spot on the list for Eugene Hayes.
“I would put them at No. 1 now,” Hayes, who is 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, said. “Auburn is my new leader.”
A number of factors played into the move that bumped Oklahoma and USC from the top of his list, the biggest was the game itself.
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“The main thing I loved was the atmosphere of the crowd,” he said. “That was incredible. They were so into the game, and that was really something that you could get excited playing for some day.”
Hayes, ranked as the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker, also said his relationship with Auburn assistant coach Steve Ensminger has been pushing the Tigers up his list.
Even though Auburn has moved up his list, the quiet but deadly linebacker on the field says he’s going to take his official visits before making any final decision. USC likely will get a visit on the weekend it hosts Notre Dame, Oklahoma is probably going to be on December 10 and Tennessee is scheduled for January 14.
Hayes also said he’s not interested in Georiga (October 2), Clemson, Florida State and Miami as he was previously. Hayes also is still working to become fully qualified academically.