High-SchoolMinnesota: All-State

ESPNHS names the Minnesota all-state baseball team

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason all-state baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Minnesota selections.

It's no surprise that players like Century's Mitchell Brown or West Lutheran's Blake Molitor are on our squad. But take a look at who else made the team, and then reach out on Twitter @CParishESPN to tell us who you think should have made the cut.

Click here for the Minnesota All-State baseball team.

Click here to check out the other states across the country.

POWERADE Minnesota Hoops Rankings: Week 8

February, 7, 2012
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 5

The regular season is drawing closer to an end, and what do we know so far? Top teams Eastview and Benilde-St. Margaret's escaped close games with victories to stay ahead of the pack, while Hopkins and Lakeville North each earned statement wins over rivals (none bigger than the Royals handing Wayzata its first loss of the season). And both Redwood Valley and Spring Lake Park couldn't keep pace, opening the door for new squads Washburng and Braham to try to hold down the final slots. Late in the season, it's anybody's to win or lose as the playoffs approach.

1. Eastview (18-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Benilde-St. Margaret's (17-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Hopkins (17-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch beats the buzzer with three stars

January, 26, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Rashad Vaughn, Robbinsdale Cooper, Senior

Cooper struggled out of the gate, at one point losing five in a row. But Vaughn has been a steady scoring presence all season. Now that the team appears to be back on track — Cooper has won its last two — Vaughn is as dangerous as ever. He's averaging 26.4 points per night and has cracked 30 points five times, including most recently in a win over Irondale on Sunday.

OTP: Will Dunn, Benilde-St. Margaret's, Senior

Benilde has worked its way into the third spot in our POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings, and it's thanks in large part to the play of Dunn this season. He's stepped up as a reliable second and third option for the Red Knights, and while Sanjay Lumpkin takes care of most scoring duties, Dunn has been able to spell their star and come up big when he's needed most. In a game against Irondale on Friday, Dunn scored a season-high 21 points as his team won, 82-67.

UTR: Clay Elrod, Elk River, Sophomore

Not only is Elrod a stellar young player with tons of upside, he's also clutch — his put-back with 0.7 seconds remaining in his team's game against Maple Grove put Elk River ahead for good in a 68-66 win on Friday. Elrod finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds, and his production has helped Elk River jump out to a 10-5 record thus far.

All-State Stock Watch respects the sophomores

January, 11, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Ian Thiesen, Osseo, Sophomore

One of the state's top rebounders this season is a sophomore. Thiesen's outstanding work on the boards has been a big reason why Osseo is currently the state's No. 3 team in the POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings. In addition to his points output (13.7 points per game), Thiesen has averaged 9.2 boards a night and has cleared 15 rebounds twice — at home against Blaine and at Andover.

OTP: Trent Pollard, Prairie Seeds Academy, Senior

Prairie Seeds broke a state record last week, scoring the most points in state history during a 165-37 victory over Math and Science Academy. Pollard was the catalyst for the scoring barrage, dropping 37 points in the contest (thus equaling his opponent's total single-handedly). On the season Pollard is averaging better than 22 points per night.

UTR: John Veil, Blake, Sophomore

Veil has established himself as a young star thanks to a combination of timely scoring, excellent passing and the hands of a thief. Veil has amassed some outstanding steals numbers, including two games so far this season with double digits in thefts — 11 steals against Brooklyn Center and 10 takeaways in a game against Cloquet — both wins. He's also averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 assists per game for the 8-1 Bears.

All-State Stock Watch puts up big numbers

January, 5, 2012
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Joey King, Eastview, Senior

King was one of the state's top players entering the year — after all, he earned All-State first team honors — but nobody expected this kind of production. King opened the season with a 39-point night against Duluth East and has scored 30 or more points four times. His most recent output was 35-point night in an 80-40 win over Eagan on Tuesday. And his hot start has helped Eastview rise to the top of the POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.

OTP: Ryan Holthusen, Red Lake, Sophomore

Holthusen has yet to score less than 20 points this season, and his production has helped the Warriors jump out to a 7-3 record. The sophomore guard put together his best night despite his team's loss to Northern Freeze co-op on Dec. 29. He scored 44 points — and took an astounding 40 shots — in a 107-86 loss. He's averaging 32.8 points per game this season.

UTR: Sean Scott, Spring Lake Park, Senior

With his team off to a 9-1 start, Scott should be getting plenty of credit. He's one of the state's leading scorers and he's been a major factor in each of his team's first 10 games. He's dropped 30 or more points four times this season, including a season-high of 33 points three times, the most recent coming on Jan. 3 against Irondale. He's averaging 25.6 points per game this year.

All-State Stock Watch gets MN off to hot start

December, 21, 2011
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian, Junior

Let's just get this out of the way now — there might be a lot of updates on Broman this season. But the dude is for real. He is averaging 46.8 points a game through four contests. His worst game so far? A measly 39 points in his team's 95-70 win over Floodwood on Tuesday. Broman is on an all-out assault of the state scoring record and at this pace he might break it well before expected.

OTP: Gerald McCarver, Minnehaha, Senior

Minnehaha has jumped out to a 4-1 record so far this winter, and McCarver's been on a scoring spree. He's dropped 27 in three of five contests, then averaged it out nicely with a 36-point night (in win over Providence Academy) and a "slow" 20-point effort against Columbia Heights. It could be a nice little season for the senior guard if he keeps up this scoring pace.

UTR: Jett Leaf, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead, Senior

HL-W-W improved to 4-2 this season after a 72-39 win over Foley on Tuesday, and Leaf was scarcely needed — he scored 22 points in the victory. But last Friday, Leaf was instrumental in his team climbing over .500. He scored 32 points in a 75-67 victory over Litchfield. The senior scorer is averaging 26.0 points per game and is on pace to have a very successful season.

All-State Stock Watch is versatile and unbeaten

October, 19, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, stars from three undefeated teams do all the little things to make sure their teams remain some of the best in the state.

Blue Chip: Hunter Friesen, Mankato West, WR/DB

Friesen is like the Darrelle Revis of Minnesota high school football — throw that way at your own risk. His side of the field is not often targeted, so the senior has had to find other ways to contribute on the football field. The result? Friesen currently leads the state in touchdown receptions with 14 — one more than former cover and Vanderbilt pledge Andre McDonald. His play is one of the reasons the Scarlets are undefeated this year.

OTP: Brandon Larson, Bemidji, LB

Speaking of unbeaten teams, Bemidji's success has been due in large part to the play of Larson. The senior actually had a quiet game by his standards on Friday — five solo tackles and four assisted — but he has more than 100 tackles on the season, leading the team. It's certainly helped the Lumberjacks — the team has allowed only 65 points all season and has allowed seven or fewer in its last four games.

Under the Radar: Wesley Tucker, St. Croix Lutheran, RB

St. Croix Lutheran also remains unbeaten this season, and some big plays from Tucker were the difference in a game against St. Anthony this past weekend. Tucker came through for his team in the clutch, rushing 22 times for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-14 victory. It was part of a backfield that rushed for more than 500 total yards in the contest.

All-State Stock Watch respects the O-line

October, 12, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week we pay homage to two outstanding offensive lineman and give a shoutout to a junior running back who might be vying to steal a starting gig.

Blue Chip: Isaac Hayes, St. Thomas Academy, OL

We admittedly don't give enough love to linemen, mostly because it's always tough to know when they have good games — they don't accrue traditional stats. But here's one — St. Thomas Academy ran all over its opponent on Friday, trouncing Holy Family Catholic by a 48-7 margin. And while some of the credit goes to the running backs who all had impressive games, Hayes and the offensive line were a big reason for the team's rushing success.

OTP: Zack Johnson, Eastview, OL

As we said above, there aren't many chances to pay tribute to offensive lineman. But here's another one. Johnson gave us another reason to pay homage when he verbally committed to a college over the weekend. The senior O-lineman verbally committed to North Dakota State. He's the fourth recruit overall and second in the state to pledge to the Bison.

Under the Radar: Quran Al-Hameed, Woodbury, RB

You know how in the NFL players play hurt because they're afraid to lose their jobs? You have to wonder if Junius Wilson is worried. After he went down with an injury last weekend, Al-Hameed filled in and had a career day. The junior rusher put up 29 carries for 234 yards and scored three times, including on a 75-yard scamper, as Woodbury beat Roseville, 37-24.

MN's All-State Stock Watch loves gaudy stats

October, 5, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a top receiving recruit leads the state in yards, a stellar quarterback has another big game and a young pass rusher is terrorizing opposing quarterbacks.

Blue Chip: Andre McDonald, Hopkins, WR

The season hasn't gone quite as planned for Hopkins this season — the Royals are 3-2 — but McDonald has been every bit as good as we expected him to be when he graced our cover back in September. McDonald, who recently switched his commitment from Minnesota to Vanderbilt, leads the state in receiving yards according to the Minnesota Football Hub. He has 35 catches on the season and he's scored eight touchdowns for the Royals.

OTP: Austin Lommen, Breck, QB

Rushing is usually the preferred method of offense in high school. Somebody forgot to tell Austin Lommen. Breck's talented senior signal-caller has already had three five-touchdown games this season, including his most recent effort against St. Paul/Mounds Park. Lommen threw only two incompletions — he was 15-for-17 — and racked up 335 yards through the air as Breck earned a 46-14 victory.

Under the Radar: Aaron Klaers, Delano, DL

Delano's fast start this season can be attributed mostly to its stellar defense. The Tigers have surrendered just 54 points so far this season including 14 over the last two games. And Klaers has been a big reason why. The junior defensive end has 10.5 sacks so far this season, including five in one game against Richfield earlier this season. Thanks in large part to Klaers, Delano has jumped out to a 5-0 record this season and has two games against teams under .500 before a huge matchup against Glencoe-Silver Lake.

MN’s All-State Stock Watch takes on a new look

September, 28, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, we're going with a new and improved format. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

Blue Chip: Sam Sura, South St. Paul, RB

The game wasn't as glamorous as some of South St. Paul's other wins, but Sura and the Packers held off Hill-Murry in a 16-7 win and did most of their damage on the ground. Sura was the star of the show, rushing for 192 yards on an impressive 40 carries and scored a touchdown. The win keeps South St. Paul perfect at 4-0.

OTP: Ryan Poppitz, Wayzata, LB

In a big out-of-state win this past weekend, it was the defense that came up big late and prevented a rally. Poppitz has been one of the biggest leaders of the Trojans defense this season. He's among the team leaders in tackles and sacks and he's a big reason why Wayzata has put together another strong season and is currently No. 2 in the POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.

Under the Radar: Jeff Jones, Washburn, RB

This is a name you might want to keep an eye on over the next couple of seasons. Jones rushed for three touchdowns in his team's win over Southwest this past weekend, and he's got 405 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground this season (he's also scored two receiving touchdowns). Led by the stellar sophomore, Washburn is 3-1 this season. According to a local story, he scored 68 touchdowns in eighth grade while playing for a youth team.

From the Mag: Minnesota’s All-State soccer team

September, 27, 2011
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The Minnesota All-State soccer team will be unveiled in our October issue of the magazine. But if you haven't seen it yet, here's who we picked as the top players in the state.

STARTING 11
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Mario Aleman, Spring Lake Park, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Fleet-footed scorer had 12 goals and 24 assists last fall
[F] Ellis Andrews, Wayzata, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Scored 16 goals in 20 games for Section 6AA finalists
[F] Erick Bloom, Centennial, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Dynamic scorer led Cougars to 11-4-2 record
[F] Eliot Cassutt, Minneapolis South, Junior, Minneapolis United
One of the nation’s most prolific scorers had 46 goals last year
[MF] R.J. Alowonle, Park, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Star midfielder also a state champion hurdler during track season
[MF] Grant Bell, Little Falls, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Led the Flyers with 33 goals and 10 assists last season
[MF] Ryan Ness, Elk River, Senior, None
Earned All-Tournament honors for Elk River last year
[MF] Aaron Stets, Northfield, Senior, None
Midfielder has his team poised for Class AA state tourney
[D] Kevin Krueger, Prior Lake, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Stout defender led his team to Missota Conference crown
[D] Miles Stockman-Willis, Hill-Murray, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Versatile player also starred at forward for Hill-Murray
[GK] Grant Larson Wayzata, Junior, Minnesota Thunder
Star keeper allowed just 15 goals, posted 10 shutouts last season

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
Position/Name, School, Year, Club Team

[F] Hussein Abdulrazaq, Osseo, Senior, None
Led the Orioles with 10 goals up front last fall
[F] Eddossa Muhammed, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Junior, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Young star scored 16 goals for 15/16 squad last season
[F] Paul Wageman, DeLaSalle, Senior, Minneapolis United
Scored 22 goals and added 11 assists for Islanders last fall
[F] Brandon Welter, Mankato East, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
One of Class A’s most feared attackers; he scored 22 goals last year
[MF] Charlie Adams, Stillwater, Senior, None
Named a “Player to Watch” this season by Minneapolis Star-Tribune
[MF] Michael Bajza, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Junior, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Former Florida soccer star making a name for himself at Shattuck
[MF] Julian Garcia-Delaney, Humboldt, Senior, None
All-Conference player patrols the center of the pitch
[MF] Adama Keita, Prairie Seeds, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
His stellar play on offense and defense led team to Class A title
[D] Paul Graupner, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Senior, PSA Crossfire
Staunch defender also a kicker for Benilde’s football team
[D] Garrett Powell, Minn. Southwest, Senior, None
Anchored defense, leading Southwest to Class AA state final
[GK] Will Elfstrum, Jefferson, Senior, Minnesota Thunder
Allowed just 13 goals, posted 14 shutouts last season

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Minnesota who are projected to suit up for their high school teams this year. The Other Top Players are comprised of high school players as well as club-only players.

All-State Stock Watch roots for high-scoring games

September, 21, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, a wide receiver shines despite a loss, a struggling defense looks to its leader for help and a running back finds the end zone virtually at will.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Kasey Robinson, Breck, WR

Breck suffered a tough loss this week at the hands of Concordia Academy, 43-34, but the offense shone brightly. And nobody was better for Breck than Robinson. The senior wideout had 10 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, keeping his team in the game as much as he could. An assist here goes to Breck junior QB Austin Lommen, who tossed for 343 yards and five scores. The Mustangs are still a team to be reckoned with behind these two excellent players.

DOWN — Tyler Hartmann, Andover, DL

It's been a tough start to the season for Andover, and Hartmann is likely feeling the pressure. The ESPNHS All-State first-teamer is having a solid season individually, but Andover has struggled as a group — the Huskies lost their first two games before rallying last week. A strong effort from the defense can right the ship, and the team will look to veterans like Hartmann to lead the way.

UP — Beau Bofferding, Marshall, RB

It's been three games and three straight 100+ games for Bofferding on the ground this season. The senior tailback has posted games of 108, 177 and 135 as Marshall has earned three straight victories. In his last game against Redwood Valley this past weekend, Bofferding found the end zone five times, bringing his tally to 11 scores on the season. He's also helped his team by catching passes out of the backfield; he's got seven receptions for 121 yards this year.

All-State Stock Watch wants to see more of South St. Paul’s Sura

September, 14, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, an offensive lineman gets some much-deserved publicity, a star running back isn't getting enough carries, and a stellar QB is carrying his team to impressive heights this season.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Jonah Pirsig, Blue Earth Area, OL

Pirsig was the subject of a big feature by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week as one of the state's top recruits. And hey, it's warranted. Pirsig is a beast at 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds, and he's a local hero, spurning top programs such as Wisconsin and Auburn to stay at home and go to Minnesota. And he's a big reason why Blue Earth is off and running with a 2-0 start this season.

DOWN — Sam Sura, South St. Paul

Sam Sura has been spectacular this season. So why's he getting the down arrow on our stock watch? Simple — South St. Paul has been so dominant that he's not getting enough carries. In this week's tilt against North St. Paul, Sura earned just 16 carries, then sat out the entire second half as South St. Paul cruised to a 51-0 victory. Oh sure, in those 16 attempts, he put up 195 yards and four touchdowns. But that's hardly enough work for a spectacular back like Sura. We need to see more carries. (Hey, nobody said coming up with the "DOWN" stock was easy.)

UP — Duke Anyanwu, Blaine, QB

Blaine made a statement this week with a huge win over Hopkins in overtime, and Anyanwu was a big reason why. The senior rushed for four touchdowns in his team's 26-20 victory, and he capped off his impressive day by running in the game-winning score in overtime. Anyanwu's impressive season thus far is starting to pick up steam, and as a result he's gotten some college looks. Keep an eye on this impressive multi-position star.

Top recruits rule the day in this week’s MN All-State Stock Watch

September, 7, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, we're highlighting arguably the state's best multi-position talent, a star from last year's title game and a quarterback bound for the University of Minnesota.

STOCK WATCH

UP —Maxx Williams, Waconia, QB/TE

We listed Williams as a TE on our All-State team. But Waconia's star senior can really do everything. In his team's first game against Orono, Williams rushed for 72 yards and a score, threw for 29 yards and caught a pass for 27 yards as well. And he did it all on a balky knee that nearly kept him out of the contest. When he's healthy, he's one of the state's most impressive players.

DOWN — Mitch Underhill, Wayzata, RB

Few people had as big an impact on last year's state championship game as Underhill. Then a junior, he rushed for 247 yards on just 12 carries (an average of 20.6 yards per carry), helping his team claim the Prep Bowl title. But the Trojans will be without the star rusher this season as he suffered a torn ACL in the team's first game.

UP — Philip Nelson, Mankato West, QB

Nelson tossed for 2,439 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. He's already off to a similar start this year. In his team's 60-14 win over New Prague this past weekend, the Minnesota recruit worked only one half but still managed to rack up 195 yards through the air and tossed for five scores as well. He even ran one in for good measure, totaling six touchdowns on the day.

All-State Stock Watch: Preseason Edition

August, 24, 2011
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Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Mitchell Leidner, Lakeville South, QB

Leidner is the state's second quarterback to verbally commit to Minnesota, joining Philip Nelson of Mankato West. The senior pledged to the Gophers last week. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and found the end zone 17 times last season, and he rushed for six scores as well. Leidner didn't crack our top two quarterbacks when we put our first team together, but there's a distinct chance he'll end up as one of the top two when all is said and done.

DOWN — Joe Mollberg, Detroit Lakes, QB

With Leidner and Nelson both making their college decisions in recent weeks, Mollberg is a top quarterback without a college commitment. His current offers include North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State — all fine programs, but none of which have the track record or the conference affiliation that in-state Minnesota offers. Still, a strong season from Mollberg could make a big difference and help the offers keep rolling in. Mollberg can make plays both with his feet and his arm, and that usually translates well to the next level. Don't expect the senior signal-caller to be down for long.

UP — Isaac Hayes, St. Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights), OL

Hayes is the state's No. 1 recruit, the nation's No. 6 offensive guard and is No. 114 among all recruits nationwide in the ESPNU 150. The Minnesota pledge checks in at 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, and his family already has a track record of success at the next level (his brother plays at Stanford). He'll need to get a little bigger, but in terms of skill and technique, Hayes has already proven he's ready for the next level.

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