Top Central Cali Safety Talks with Hill

S Jerry "Bear" Haymon

One of the top prospects in Central California took an unofficial visit to Fresno State to talk with Bulldog head coach Pat Hill on Thursday. Clovis (Calif.) East safety Jerry "Bear" Haymon talks about the visit and gives us an update in his recruitment. Check inside for details…

Jerry Haymon (6-0, 195), aka Bears, currently holds one offer from Eastern Michigan. This year, he's camped at Arizona State, Fresno State, and UCLA. He also competed at the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Challenge and the B2G Elite Camp earlier this month. While most schools are holding on before offering him, the Bulldogs are very close.

"It was a great visit," Haymon said about his Thursday afternoon visit with Fresno State head coach Pat Hill. "He talked about me becoming a Bulldog. He said he likes me and says he's going to offer me."

But Haymon didn't leave Fresno State with the offer he was expecting. "Yeah, I was expecting an offer, but I like how he said he's going to offer and he wants me to be a Bulldog," added Haymon. "But I just want him to pull the [trigger] and give me an offer.

"[Hill] told me he's waiting on to see where other schools are at with me. He doesn't want anyone else to jump in and take me away. And I got a few things to work on, like my hips."

Physically, Haymon has all the tools. He benches 400 pounds and can run a 4.5 forty, but he plays much faster on the field. Nonetheless, his flexibility is the question mark, hence Hill's comment on his hips. Straight line, there is not a more imposing safety. But in open space, he is vulnerable. That is why he's taking yoga, and more importantly, working with DB Guru Tony Perry at the "Hill" in West Fresno.

Perry says after a few weeks of working at the "Hill," that Haymon could see more offers very soon.

EMU offered Haymon in the spring, and the Eagles are keeping in contact him this summer. "I've talked to the coaching staff," said Haymon. "I'm looking forward to taking an official visit there."

If Hill doesn't offer him next, Haymon believes Arizona State and Utah could be his second. He says they have him high on their board. He's also visited a few Pac-10 schools with one standing out to him right now.

"I've been Cal, UCLA, USC, and Stanford," said Haymon. "I kind of fell in love with SC, but I will go anywhere. Anyone willing to offer me, I'm willing to go."

He has the same mentality about taking official visits. "Anyone who invites me, I'll probably go."

But Haymon would like to follow his friend and 7-on-7 teammate, USC commit Cody Kessler if the opportunity arises.

"[USC] came down [during the spring evaluation period]," said Haymon. "And I talked to them a couple of weeks ago. They want to see more film on me."

UCLA is also still evaluating him as well after his performance at their one-day in June.

"They loved me," said Haymon. "But they want to see more film, maybe see a game, and make their decision from there."

But Hill may have an ace up his sleeve as Haymon's older brother Julian will walk on at Fresno State in the fall. "I always want to play with family, but that's him not me," added the younger Haymon. "It plays a little part [in my decision]."

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