Columbia High School quarterback and wide receiver Luke Hayes has committed to play football at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Hayes, a three-year starter, two-time captain and two-time all-conference selection, said he wanted to use football to try and get into the best academic and most competitive athletic situation as possible.
“I thought Middlebury was a great fit both athletically and academically and will set me up well for life after football,” said Hayes. “I want to thank my family and coaches for their support and am excited for the opportunity to compete at the next level.”
Hayes was considering several other schools when he met the recruiting coach for Middlebury at a football camp held at Columbia University over the summer. After visiting Middlebury’s campus, spending time with other players and seeing a game in the fall, Hayes determined that Middlebury was the place for him.
Interestingly, Maplewood product Jimmy Martinez, also a former quarterback for Columbia High School, is currently attending Middlebury and has just completed a successful football career there.
Hayes played football, plays on the basketball team and runs track for Columbia in the spring. He has also been chosen as the school’s representative and honoree for the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Dinner on March 4 in West Orange.