Wildcats in Waiting, 2020: DeMarrquese Hayes, Linebacker, Texas

Kelly Thompson

Despite being from Texas, La Vega High School linebacker Demarrquese Hayes has found his future home in Manhattan Kansas beginning in the Fall of 2020. 

Hayes is a 6'1" 190lb backer who seems to be a little undersized in a traditional linebacker role, but should fill in nicely as a coverage backer who blitzes occasionally. He may struggle at his current size to be impactful in run defense. 

Still just a junior, it seems Hayes is still growing in to his athleticism while still finding success in football, and otherwise:

Given his speed and size, don't be surprised to see Hayes play more like a safety once he arrives in Manhattan. 

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