“The thing about Isaiah is he is so competitive,” said Hayes’s mother, Aran Hayes. “He wanted to play football as a six-year old, but we wanted to hold him back.
"He fought with us forever, so we eventually gave in. In no time it showed that he belonged there. From there on we saw how serious he was about everything.”
Competition means everything to Isaiah Hayes.
“His brother plays in the Pac-12 and to say they have a bit of a sibling rivalry would be an understatement," Aran said. "They compete at everything and if there was any way he could match up with his brother he was going to make it happen.”
Per usual, the Arizona coaches made Hayes feel at home.
“I can say the comfort factor he had with the coaches was very high," Aran said. "He had some other schools that were going after him, but there was just something about Arizona he likes.”
It’s more than just football for the Hayes family.
“Academics mean more to us than anything else," Aran said. "If Isaiah or anyone in our family doesn’t get the grades, they won’t play. Period. The good thing about Isaiah is we didn’t need to push him in that direction.
"He went up his teachers and told them he needed to get a 4.0 and would do what it would take to make that happen. He will take that same philosophy into sports and management or whatever he does at Arizona.”