Hayward currently holds scholarship offers from Florida, Florida International, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), South Florida, North Carolina, LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee. He also recently received an offer from Cincinnati.
"Recruiting has been going good. I am going to take a couple of unofficial visits pretty soon. I am planning on going to Cincinnati, hopefully North Carolina and I am going to get up to Georgia too," said Hayward of his plans.
Relationships seem to be the key in Hayward's decision to visit the three aforementioned schools.
"The coach from Cincinnati (tight end coach Marc Nudleberg) was just straight up about offering me. He was like we seriously have an offer on the table. He seems like a pretty cool coach," said Hayward of why he is interested in the Bearcats. Hayward also likes the relationship he has with North Carolina defensive backs coach Dan Disch.
"Coach Disch from North Carolina, we have a really been bonding here lately. I have been talking to him about everyday about everything. It's been good," said Hayward of his recruitment by the Tar Heels.
A childhood bond will get Hayward on Georgia's campus this spring.
"I am going to visit Georgia because Reggie Davis, one of my best friends who played at Lincoln, goes there," said Hayward of his intended trip to the Peach state.
Hayward also says that he enjoyed going to FSU for junior day and has for schools that stand out to him at this time although he plans to see what the spring evaluation period brings.
"I just went to FSU for junior day last week and it went pretty good. I got to see coach Jimbo (FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher), he was glad we were there. As of right now there are about four schools that standout, Florida, FSU, Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina but I want to see what is going to happen this spring, see what other schools come in. I am just going to trust the process and see what happens this spring," finished Hayward.
Hayward demonstrated that versatility as a junior lining up at both wide receiver and running back on offense and playing cornerback and safety on defense. The rising senior ran the ball 37 times for 373 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. He also showed the ability to catch the ball totaling 14 receptions for 112 yards. Hayward also played cornerback on defense where he had 18 tackles and broke up five passes.
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