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OG Hayes to take all five visits, hopes for Vanderbilt offer

After naming two favorites earlier in the summer, Tucker (Ga.) offensive guard Alexander Hayes is back to square one, evaluating all of his options.
Hayes holds offers from East Carolina, Georgia State, Syracuse, UCF and Tulane. With the exception of the Green Wave, who Hayes said he hasn't heard from in awhile, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Hayes said he's still in regular contact with all of the schools.
"I still talk to a lot of coaches," Hayes said. "I'm just sort of waiting to see what happens right now."
Hayes is currently planning out his schedule of official visits with his family, but said he intends to take all five. He took a visit to UCF earlier this summer, and also visited Vanderbilt and camped at Clemson and Alabama.
"I want to be able to leave Friday nights after my game and get there early on Saturday so I can spend the whole weekend," Hayes said. "I really want to get the full experience."
While he's not holding out hope on any offers, he said the one school that could change his plans is Vanderbilt, which has yet to offer.
"I still talk to their coaches a lot," Hayes said. "But they haven't pulled the trigger yet."
Hayes projects as a guard in college, but is playing tackle for defending state champions Tucker. He said he likes to competition on the outside, but prefers his role at guard.
"I like them both but there's nothing like putting your hand down in the dirt and getting physical or pulling and delivering a big block," Hayes said.
As far as a timeline for a decision, Hayes said he'll wait until after his high school season, which could go deep into December.
"I'd say late December early January," Hayes said. "I want to wait until after the season and make sure I have a chance to really think it over."
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