Pattonville High School (Mo.) offensive tackle Marquis Hayes will be one of the headline prospects in Missouri in the 2017 class when all is said and done, and the big talent is wasting no time getting a better feel for the interested schools.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Hayes, who holds offers from Iowa State, Illinois, Missouri, Western Michigan and Miami (OH) at the FBS level, visited Iowa State during the weekend and is gearing up for more trips this spring.
His first trip to Ames was deemed a success.
“I really liked what I saw from the weight room to the field to the basketball game, I just like what they were doing and how they’re turning around the program,” Hayes said of his Saturday visit. “I liked the fan base and the equipment they’re using to make their players excellent at what they do.”
Hayes, who has also drawn interest from Notre Dame, Kansas State, Purdue, Arkansas and Northern Illinois, remains in the early stage of his recruitment. Both Missouri and Illinois have invited him to spring games in the coming weeks and he may return to Ames for a spring practice or Iowa State’s spring game April 16.
For now, he’s focused on relationships.
Iowa State used Saturday to further that process, setting up one-on-one meetings for Hayes with coach Matt Campbell and offensive coordinator/O-line coach Tom Manning.
“[Campbell] told me what he looks for in a player like attitude, leader and just a leader on the field also. He said thinks I have that and that’s the reason he wants me,” Hayes said. “When I talked to [Manning], he broke down the film, he showed me my film and why he wants me to come play for them. He compared my film to the other players that he coached and a play from mine to a play from theirs and it looked similar, so that’s why he wants me.”
Iowa State wants Hayes at the tackle position as it works to rebuild its offensive line with the 2017 class after adding several players in 2016, though as is the case with many prospects, the staff sees some versatility if needed.
“He said [he wants me at] tackle, but he said I’m the type of kid that can play anything on the line if they need me to,” Hayes said. “It really doesn’t matter on the O-line. Whatever position they need me at, I’ll [play] at.”
Hayes doesn’t currently expect to make a decision until after his senior season, but for now his first trip to Iowa State put the Cyclones in his mix.
“My family really enjoyed it and thinks it’s a good place for me to go to school,” Hayes said. “I really think it was a good place too. It could be a good place to go.”