Rising Star: Dylan Hayes

Dylan Hayes is an 8th grade 6’2 175lb. powerhouse athlete playing both Receiver/Defensive End for Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School in Jonesboro, LA. With the natural athleticism to move like a machine, Dylan is efficient at playing both sides of the ball. Hayes recently showcased his talents in the Gridiron Football Junior High All-American Game.

Q&A with Dylan:

What inspired you to start playing football and how old were you?

 I started playing football at the age of 5. I was really inspired by watching a lot of Kevin Johnson highlights growing up.

Did you play any other sports growing up, and why did football standout to you the most?

I thought I wasn’t good enough to be in basketball, so that’s when I switched over to football.

What have you learned about yourself playing the sport?

Football definitely builds character. The sport has taught me to meet new people and just have fun while playing the sport.

What are your personal goals for the upcoming 2023 season?

My goal I set for myself is to start in varsity and make the varsity team my freshman year of high school.

What are some game day rituals that help you mentally prepare for competition?

 On game day, music helps me a lot to block everything out and stay focused.

What sets you apart from any other athlete?

I would say how my teammates describe me like a machine.

If you could go back and give your younger self any piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self to remain humble always and don’t let your dreams die.

What motivates you the most every day to get stronger and better?

Seeing other people stronger than me motivates myself to get stronger than I am.

During the offseason, what are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

 I enjoy hanging out with the team and playing basketball.

Who would you say your favorite NFL player is and why do they inspire you?

My favorite NFL player is Kevin Johnson because I look at him as a machine and can’t be stopped.

As a receiver, how do you communicate with and build trust with your QB? 

My QB and I are close friends on and off the field, so I trust him, and he trust me.