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Bayes talks UF, WVU, USF

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The start of spring practice at Immokalee (Fla.) High means plenty of college coaches have already come through to see four-star athlete and USF commit Jimmy Bayes.
"Florida came by and they told me they want me on campus," Bayes said earlier this week. "Marshall also just offered me and Florida State said they'll be down to check me out and I also talked to the coaches at West Virginia."
One of Bayes former teammates, Class of 2013 wide receiver Jacky Marcellus, signed with the Mountaineers in Febraury and he said that makes them an intriguing option.
"They've just been talking to me about how much they need me and how I'll fit in scheme-wise," Bayes said. "They want me at outside linebacker. Jacky knows they want me but he's not pushing me hard. He's letting me make my own decision."
As far as the Gators are concerned, Bayes said they're recruiting him but have yet to pull the trigger on an offer. He said that the fallout between his teammate D'Ernest Johnson and the school has left a sour taste in his mouth.
"It's a good school but my teammate tried being there and they didn't let him commit so that's a red flag," Bayes said. "But they're a good program and they get guys drafted so I'll probably try to check them out in the near future."
Bayes said he's flattered by the interest but is focused on the schools who have been recruiting him longer.
"I can't automatically push them before the schools that have been showing me real love," Bayes said.
Despite a lack of an offer from Florida State, Bayes recently took a trip to Tallahassee with teammate and Seminoles commit J.C. Jackson.
"We stopped by because we were up there for a 7-on-7 tournament," he said. "They took our measurements and we starting talking and they coaches said they'd be coming by to check me out."
Among the other schools who have told Bayes they'll be coming by are Clemson and Arkansas.
As far as the school he's committed to, USF, Bayes said he's still in regular contact with the staff.
"Everything is good," he said. "I just talked to coach today and he asked me how practice was and everything. Everything is good with them but if another coach takes the time to come visit me or takes the time to contact me I'm going to take the time to listen and just see what they have to say."
Bayes said he has a busy summer planned with several visits on the docket.
"I know a lot of schools are interested so I'll probably go with some of my teammates and see if I can help them get recognized," Bayes said. "I want to go to West Virginia, Kentucky, Auburn and I'm going to Clemson for sure."
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