"I get calls here and there, and I get a lot tickets," Jerry Haymon
(6-0, 200) says about the attention coming his way this month.
But none have offered the talented safety scholarship save his early offer from Eastern Michigan. Haymon says all the coaches want to see more film before pulling the trigger.
Haymon took an unofficial visit and met with Bulldog head coach Pat Hill in July. He visited again Sept. 4 for Fresno State's game with Cincinnati. While Hill stated he wants to offer Haymon, nothing official has arrived in the mail. Nonetheless, Haymon remains high on FS's board, and the interest is reciprocal.
"It was nice, I liked it," Haymon said of the Bulldogs 28-14 win over Cincinnati. "Them going to Mountain West is going to be better."
Haymon also plans to attend games at Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, and Utah this season.
Clovis East started the season strong rolling Fresno (Calif.) Edison 49-22 in the season opener. But the Timberwolves were humbled by Redlands (Calif.) East Valley one week later, 21-6. "We thought we were going to roll through them like Edison," said Haymon.
But Haymon is disappointed in his play thus far this season. "I feel like I'm not playing like me yet…I'm trying to tone my aggression to stay away from penalties and I feel like it's changed my game…part of my game play is being a rowdy."
He says he was trying to become more of a role player, which he is not. Haymon is an impact player that changes the dynamic of the game with one of his signature big hits. His size, strength, and athleticism have attracted attention from a few Pac-10 programs.
"Oregon State, I talked to them this summer; they've sent me tickets," said Haymon. "My favorite would between Arizona State and UCLA."
Haymon says those programs are waiting until mid-season before making an offer.
The schools recruiting him the hardest, he says, are Fresno State, San Jose State, and Utah. Those schools along with Nevada and Sacramento State happen to be the only schools thus far to call him this fall. "Either of those schools are good but I would choose Nevada, Utah or [Fresno] State," he added about the three that stick out.
Fresno State offensive coordinator Jeff Grady, Utah running back coach Aaron Alford, and Nevada co-defensive coordinator Barry Sacks have made contact with Haymon. "They're all pretty good guys, good coaches," said Haymon.
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