JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Former Arkansas State and All-Sun Belt Conference cornerback Rocky Hayes is currently attending the 2016 College Gridiron Showcase in Bedford, Texas, and is set to conclude his time at the three-day event Wednesday with a scrimmage against other top college seniors from around the nation.
The College Gridiron Showcase provides exposure and education for top seniors from around the country. Hayes, selected by a panel of football experts, is among a group of players participating who are receiving professional coaching, mentoring and classroom-style education that will benefit them as they move forward in their professional lives in and outside of football.
Hayes will participate in a 9:00 a.m. (CT) scrimmage tomorrow at Pennington Field in Bedford, showcasing his skills in front of scouts and executives from top professional leagues such as the NFL, CFL and AFL. The scrimmage will follow two previous days of drills performed in front of the scouts and executives in attendance.
A four-year letterman from 2012-15, Hayes helped lead Arkansas State to 35 wins, three Sun Belt Conference titles and four bowl game appearances during his time on the field with the Red Wolves. He played running back his freshman season before spending the final three years of his college career at cornerback, where he recorded 122 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, 10 interceptions, 19 pass break-ups and one fumble recovery.
Hayes earned First Team All-Sun Belt Conference recognition following his senior season that saw him post 52 tackles and six interceptions, which tied the second most in the league. The Heflin, Ala., native was also named Second Team All-SBC in 2013 and was a member of the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
The College Gridiron Showcase is being held for the second consecutive year. The 2015 event included 10 players who were selected in the NFL Draft, 53 who signed undrafted free agent contracts and 22 who were invited to rookie camps, totaling 85 of the 104 (81 percent) participating athletes who received opportunities in the NFL.