“Make plays,” Hayes said. “As soon as I get the ball, score and don’t let anybody touch me. Show good hands and just do the right stuff.”
Carl Hayes, the receiver’s dad, grew up in Pine Bluff and was a wideout for Dollarway during the school’s back-to-back state title seasons of 1989 and 1990.
“It’s very nice,” Hayes said of his first visit to Fayetteville. “They’ve got the big weight room in the background and it’s pretty much the best one I have seen so far. It’s a great place to be.”
His dad, grandparents and cousin all came with him on Sunday in the 2017 prospect’s effort to get an offer from the Razorbacks.
“That’d be almost the best thing in the world,” Hayes said. “I mean grandparents coming to see you every game, family is right around the corner. It’s a great place to be."
It is the first time his grandfather has got to see him in action.
“It means a lot,” Hayes said. “He really didn’t get to see my dad a lot because he worked a lot. So for him to see me is like a Christmas present.”
He has been timed as low as 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, but Sunday ran a 4.68 40-yard dash and a 4.21 in the shuttle.
“I think my speed is my strength and I use my length very good,” Hayes said. “Things I need to work on are my route running, using my hands and just getting open.”
Arkansas wide receiver coach Michael Smith has been in contact with the younger Hayes before camp.
“He’s loving me,” Hayes said. “Every time I talk to him, he is talking about how he wants me to show out and do great things.”
Hayes does not have any offers yet, but does have Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati among the schools showing interest.
“The schools that are the most interested are UK (Kentucky) and Cincinnati,” Hayes said. “It will be about family, education and just the right choice for myself.”