NORTH MIAMI – Akeem Hayes has been a consistently productive player these past few offseasons for the Florida Football Fire organization.
The South Broward 2018 wide receiver made his presence felt last year with the Palm Beach Fire team, as he scored touchdowns in bunches at a host of 7-on-7 tournaments. He looks to do that again in a big way, whether it be with the Palm Beach Fire again or the Fire 7 team that’s based in Broward County.
“I’m just trying to have a great 7-on-7 this year,” the 5-10, 155-pound wide receiver said.
Hayes is a hot commodity on the national recruiting, as he has picked up 6 offers already from the likes of Oregon State, NC State, Temple, Toledo, Marshall, and Southeast Missouri State. He’s hoping for more to come his way as a result of his offseason experience with the Florida Football Fire.
“I’m treating everyone equal right now,” Hayes said. “No favorites.”
The Palm Beach Fire had two Open Run showcases earlier this month at Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach. In the Jan. 8 tryout, Hayes was simply the best offensive player out there, as he used his wicked combination of speed, agility, lateral movement and awareness to haul in 4 catches and 2 touchdowns.
“It’s work,” he said.
Hayes also performed in last weekend’s Florida Fire Showcase, which was held at North Miami Stadium in North Miami on Jan. 21. He was featured in the tryout’s final pairing, which comprised of some of the best skill position players in South Florida.
“Most people say that I can’t be guarded,” Hayes said. “My goal was to just do what I always do, and that’s to catch passes coming my way. We had a lot of talent come to the showcase and get recognized.”
Hayes said he appreciates all of the Florida Fire coaching staff for helping him with his development as a wide receiver. This experience has played a role in his successful junior season at South Broward, which resulted in his selection to the Sun- Sentinel’s Class 8A-6A Second Team Offense.
“I have been a part of this organization since I was in the ninth grade,” Hayes said. “They helped me gain a lot of exposure with tournaments and trips we have gone to over the years. Like I said before, I’m looking for a great offseason this year.”