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September 29, 2009
We are starting to get a good feel for the players that are really standing out in the class of 2011 through the first five weeks of the season. We don't have a clear cut favorite as the top overall player in the state yet, but someone that has definitely grabbed our attention and the attention of one Big 10 school is Grand Blanc RB Justice Hayes. Hayes picked up his first BCS offer this past week and word is out about #24.
We all know about Grand Blanc's passing game with Northwestern bound WR Tony Jones, TE and Bowling Green commit Gabe Martin and junior sensation QB Ryan Morley, but the key to the overall success of the offense comes from the running game and Justice Hayes. Hayes keeps teams more than honest with his ability to rattle off 15-20 yards at will weaving in and out of traffic and the threat to go the distance on any given play. Teams right now are at a lost at how they need to defend the Bobcats and it is causing huge problems for their defenses.
Grand Blanc is averaging 36 points per game and are consistently over 400+ yards of total offense each game. The Bobcats are 5-0 and currently ranked 8th overall in our Michigan Preps Top 25 this week.
Here is a Q & A Interview with Justice and his thoughts on the season, their explosive offense, his first offer and much more.
Tell us your thoughts on your teams 5-0 start?
Well to be honest with you I am not surprised about our quick start at all. We have the weapons on offense and we work our tails off in practice day in and day out. We just have to continue to stay focus and keep it rolling.
How is it playing in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) this season?
This new league we are in is very tough man. Even though our record shows otherwise, these teams are not cupcakes at all. Howell gave us a run for our money and the rest of the teams in the KLAA definitely came close to us. We just have a mature ball club that has been through a lot and pretty much know what we have to do.
Your offense is loaded with weapons. Can anyone slow you guys down?
At the rate we are moving I don't think anyone can stop our offense, but we can't just settle on that. The defense is just as important as our offense.
What do you think is your biggest challenge this season?
I believe that our biggest challenge was against Howell. That game was a great battle. We had them up in the 1st quarter and they crawled back in it. I mean we had to buckle down and really go for the win. Our next biggest challenge I would have to say would be Milford our Week 7 opponent. This team kicked our behinds last year in the preseason scrimmage and I am sure that they will keep that in mind. I have confidence in our team, but we can't go sleep walking on them now.
I know you tweaked your ankle in Week 1. How is it doing now?
Aw man I didn't know what to think after that first game when I tweaked my ankle. The only thing that was going through my mind that night was letting my teammates down and missing out on impressing college scouts. It's a blessing that the 3rd week in I was able to get back out there and do what I can do. I was limited in my own ability, but hey I got the job done. I have been going through therapy for the past three weeks now and that has helped me a lot in improving the strength in my ankles. Now my ankle is as healthy as ever and teams better watch out because I am just about back to full strength!
What do you see are your biggest strengths on the field?
I would have to say that my biggest strengths on the field is the ability to make people miss and my speed. I have been through speed training and I have improved a lot. I went from a 4.5 guy to a sub 4.4 now (ran down at MSU). My ankle injury had slowed me down a little during those first couple games, but now I am back at my top speed.
You just picked up your 1st offer with Iowa. How does this feel?
Wow! My uncle Roy Marble first informed me that they were going to offer me and from there I was excited.
What are your thoughts on Iowa?
Well I think that Iowa has an excellent program and have a lot going for them. They have had success in the past with NFL running back Shaun Green. I also have family history at Iowa. My uncle Roy Marble was a basketball great as a Hawkeye. His son which is Roy Marble Jr. will be attending Iowa next year on a basketball scholarship, so that works out for me. If I was to commit there I would have family members around me in Iowa City.
What other schools are you interested in hearing from?
I am interested in hearing from Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Michigan, Michigan St, Illinois, LSU, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Stanford, Alabama, Colorado, Purdue, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Central Michigan, Buffalo and Akron.
I know Northwestern is a school you really like. Would you consider teaming up with Tony Jones at the next level?
No doubt. TJ and I have talked about this before. We would be a dynamic duo (lol). But in all seriousness, I wouldn't mind teaming up with Tony.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
My goal for this year is to win a title and to become a better leader.