Hayes measures out at 6-feet tall and 175 pounds. He runs a 4.5 forty and is projected as a safety at the next level.
"I can play cornerback or safety, but they are recruiting me to play safety in the 4-2-5 defense they run. They think I fit in really well there."
Hayes played both positions for Grayson High School this past season and finished with a career best five interceptions while averaging more than seven stops per contest for the four win Rams. It was on the strength on that junior year that Duke began showing interest.
"They really started showing me a lot of interest and began sending a lot of hand-written letters. Then, in December, they asked me to come up and visit so I made the trip. After seeing everything there and getting to see how much a family they are up there I kind of felt like it was the place for me."
That feeling solidified as the Blue Devils finished up the program's best season recent memory by winning 10 games.
"Really it's just seeing how Duke has played so many good teams and they either won those games or were in it until the last second competing that really sold me on Duke football, and that's what I told Coach Jones and Coach Faris when I talked to them."