Jackson High School in Texas is where the future of the Jackson Bulldogs football program is set to begin.
The new football program, which will start play in 2020, is scheduled to play in its home stadium in 2018.
The team, which was founded in 2006 by former Mississippi State quarterback Jake Rudock, will be led by the former Ole Miss star and Alabama defensive end Jake Matthews.
The Bulldogs, a 4A team, are ranked third in the state and sixth in the country.
The school is set for an overhaul after the death of Rudock last week, which caused turmoil and uncertainty.
According to the school, Rudock died after battling a heart condition that was later determined to be a result of a drug overdose.
He was 45.
“He was an inspiration to me as a player, and I’m really grateful for that,” said Jackson senior quarterback Jordan Jones.
“I think he touched so many people in our program and in our community.
I’ve lost people in my life, and to have him as a mentor and a mentor for me was really great.”
Hayes, a three-star recruit from Jackson, is the only other Bulldogs player currently enrolled at the high school.
The high school is expected to receive a new football stadium this fall.
“There’s going to be an emphasis on the football program,” Hayes said.
It’s going be a continuous, ongoing process. “
This is not a one-off event.
It’s going be a continuous, ongoing process.
The focus is on making sure the team has a successful season, and then moving forward.”
Hayes is expected join the team in the fall.
Hayes was the only player in the 2017 class to sign with the Tigers, but he chose to leave after the season.
Hayes is currently the top-ranked recruit in the 2019 class, and is ranked No. 11 in the 247Sports Composite.
Hayes has the highest grades in the entire class, with an 80.7 composite.
Hayes said the new facility will provide an added boost to the team’s academics.
“The new facility with a new practice facility will make it a whole lot easier for our players to be successful academically,” Hayes added.
“As we get ready for the season, we’re going get everything we need in terms of our academics.”
Hayes will be joining an experienced team.
The top five-star recruiting class in the nation is set in its second year.
The group, which included four-star quarterback Jake Sauerbrunn, is ranked second in the class of 2019 and is expected for a breakthrough season.
“For me personally, it’s really important to have some consistency,” Hayes told ESPN in May.
Hayes also will join a new coaching staff that has already been named. “
All of our guys want to win, but the more you get to know the players, the more comfortable you get, and you start seeing some of the big names and the guys that are coming through and getting better every day, the better things start.”
Hayes also will join a new coaching staff that has already been named.
The coaching staff will be headed by former Ole Mississippi State defensive tackle Jarrad Davis, who will be a part of the new coaching regime.
Davis was a four-year starter in the Rebels’ defense, which helped lead the Rebels to a pair of SEC East titles in 2017 and 2018.
“Our team has great chemistry,” Hayes continued.
“You can tell that we’ve got a great team of guys, and a great chemistry that’s growing every day.
We’re really excited about getting to this new era.”
The 2017 team won the East division and the conference title.
Hayes, Sauerbunn and junior defensive tackle Jake Kivler are expected to be the main targets of the coaching staff.
“Everybody in the secondary has really grown as a group,” Hayes stated.
With that, we have the ability to be one of the best defensive backs in the SEC, and we’re all looking forward to building on that success and building on this relationship that we had last year.”