Although Hayes wants to become the best player possible, football isn't his only priority and won't be the determining factor in his college selection.
"Don't get me wrong I want a coach who will coach me up and help mold me into the best player I can be, but I also want the coach to push me academically." Hayes said.
"A lot of guys go into a major school just thinking about football, but academics is just as important to me, so a place that emphasizes academics definitely matters."
The UA coaching staff is trying to sell Hayes on the positives of the school.
"The Arizona coaches say it's a great place and they also said they liked my tape and that they liked the way I moved," Hayes said. "They felt I took advantage of my size and that I finished off my plays well.
"It was good to hear the kind words from them, but right now we're just developing a relationship. I know they would like me to get out there, so we will see what happens with that."
Arizona fans shouldn't expect a visit anytime soon.
"I don't have any visits scheduled yet," Hayes said. "Honestly, I'm probably not going to go on visits here anytime soon.
"If I had to guess, I would imagine I will take my visits in November and then come up with a decision sometime around the bowl game."