"Georgia and Florida State may have a slight lead over the rest. I don't want to call them my leaders or anything, but I grew up liking them my whole life."
Hayes has not been anywhere yet, but his first unofficial visit will take place in two weeks.
Where does he plan to go? "I'll be at Georgia watching them play LSU," Hayes said.
"I don't really plan to take any other unofficial visits this year. After my visit to Georgia I plan on getting my official visits started. I would like to get all my officials in during the season so I can have my mind made up by December or early January."
Hayes has 24 tackles and six sacks through three games this year, including a Kickoff Classic.
The Cowboys opened their regular-season with a dramatic victory over Valdosta High, the winningest high school program in the country. Madison County beat East Gadsden last Friday and meets Live Oak Suwannee in its home-opener this weekend.
Hayes will take the SAT in October also.