Ryan Hayes is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Midwest. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound high school tight end, who is being recruited as an offensive tackle, visited Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame back to back to back at the end of March, and since then, has been busy with baseball season and not focusing as much on recruiting.
That said, he reported that the Wolverines, Spartans and Fighting Irish are "pretty much the main three" as his recruitment comes down the home stretch, a home stretch which may produce a quicker ending than he had initially planned.
"I think I'm going to maybe make a decision sooner than late summer," he said. "I might take a couple [more visits], but I'm definitely a lot closer to making a decision."
That could mean early summer or even late in the spring. Hayes' criteria for making his choice is fairly simple.
"Where I want to go to school. The school with the best coaching and best academics," Hayes said.
An excellent student in the classroom, Hayes had a chance to see the academics at each of his top three schools.
Helping him through this process is his father, Mike Hayes, who played offensive tackle at Central Michigan and older brother Connor Hayes, who was heavily recruited before signing with Pittsburgh.
"It has helped with my dad and him going through everything else before, Hayes said.
Some of the relationships built from Connor going through the process have carried over to Ryan's recruitment.
"The most familiarity we had is with Coach Frey [at Michigan]," Hayes said. "He recruited Connor at Indiana and he and my family have a really good relationship."
"I had never been to Michigan actually," he added. "I just had never gotten there. It was really cool. It really blew me away and really surprised me actually."
He had been to Michigan State many more times before this last visit, so when asked if he saw anything new, he said, "not really, I saw some of the academic stuff, but I had seen mostly everything else there."
Hayes had also been to South Bend many times before.
"I had been there a lot when I was younger for stuff and had seen most of it, but they showed me a lot. I learned a lot there. I saw a lot more than I had before."
Soon, one of these schools will find out if they will add Hayes to their class, and it should be sooner than anticipated.