Rivals released their new top 250 list of recruits in the Class of 2025 on Monday, which includes an Aliquippa running back and a Pitt wide receiver target.
Tiqwai Hayes is one of the top players in the WPIAL heading into next season and a big part of the Quips’ success the past two seasons.
He rushed for 1,981 yards on 224 carries, good for 8.4 yards per carry, and had 33 rushing touchdowns in 2022. He also had a sensational freshman year in 2021, where he ran for 1,759 yards on 245 carries, 7.2 yards per rush, and 23 rushing touchdowns. Hayes earned honors as he made the Max Preps’ High School Football Freshman All-American Team in 2021.
His hard work on the field helped the Quips to great success in both 2021 and 2022. The Quips are 27-2 in the past two seasons, with two WPIAL 4A Championships and one PIAA 4A State Title in 2021 over Bishop McDevitt. They made it back to PIAA 4A State Title game in a rematch against Bishop McDevitt in 2022, but lost 41-18.
Hayes currently holds offers from ACC schools in Louisville, Pitt and Syracuse, Big Ten Schools in Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State, Independent schools in UConn and UMass, MAC schools in Central Michigan and Ohio, as well as Marshall, UNLV and West Virginia.
Rivals ranks Hayes as the No. 209 player, No. 16 running back and No. 6 player in Pennsylvania in the Class of 2025, respectively.
Taz Williams Jr. grew up in Churchill, Pa., a suburb just east of Pittsburgh and originally planned to play for Woodland Hills in High School. His father, Taz Williams Sr., moved him down to Texas and he now plays for Red Oak High School, just outside of Dallas.
He stands at 6-feet and 175 pounds and works a hybrid role as a wide out. Williams can work on the outside or in the slot, where he attacks the center of the defense.
Williams caught a team-high 31 receptions for 582 yards (18.8 yards per catch) and five touchdowns in 2022. He also returned eight kickoffs for 220 yards (27.5 yards per attempt) and another touchdown on special teams.
Rivals ranks him at No. 136 in the country, No. 20 in Texas and No. 22 at wide receiver in the Class of 2025, respectively.
Williams holds offers from a large number of schools, including ACC schools Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Miami, as well as Penn State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, TCU, Oregon and many others.