Jarrad Hayes, a 6-foot 180 pound quarterback prospect from Central High School, verbally committed to the Jaguars on Tuesday night.
Hayes passed for 2,391 yards, completing 180-of-283 pass attempts with 27 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Additionally, He also rushed for 251 yards and four more scores.
Hayes’ commitment now gives Southern three commitments for the 2014 signing class, including two quarterbacks along with Stone Mountain, Ga. prospect Cordelral Cook.
“[Hayes] is right up there,” Central coach Sid Edwards said of his quarterback in comparison to players he’s coached in the past. “I’ve been blessed to be around some great kids and Jarrad is right up there.”
In fact, Edwards stated that Hayes reminds him specifically to that of a former quarterback prospect of his that went on to play at the University of Texas, Major Applewhite.
“He reminds me so much of Major from a cerebral standpoint, intelligence standpoint and being able to understand the game,” Edwards said. “He’s a tremendous athlete but an even better student.”
Yet, Edwards acknowledged that there is untapped potential that he believes the Southern coaching staff can fully get out of Hayes.
“I have seen [Southern co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach] Chadwick [Germany] work with quarterbacks,” Edwards said. “I saw what he did for [Southern quarterback Dray] Joseph. And I think there is still a lot of growth for Jarrad, and a lot of things that he can improve on. It’s going to be a plus to have coach Germany working with him on a full-time basis.”
Ultimately, Edwards is excited about the choice of college, and coach, that his star quarterback has chosen to play for.
“Southern, through trial and error, has found the right guy,” Edwards said of Odums “I would be honored to have any player that I have to go play for coach Odums.
“We’re so excited about [Hayes’] commitment to Southern.”