"I was excited that they had offered me," the Class of 2014 defensive end said. "I was too excited. I kind of saw it coming but I didn't think they were going to offer me that soon. They had said they were still evaluating so it was kind of a surprise."
South Oak Cliff (TX) High Assistant Coach R.J. Bond said the Red Raiders didn't need to see anything more from Hayes.
"They said they got tired of looking at his film for a reason not to offer," he said.
Said Hayes: "They watched my film and they said they liked my athletic ability. They said I get off of the ball pretty quick. They like how I get to the ball."
"Baylor and Iowa, I'm really trying to see if they're going to offer me," Hayes said. "I think they will."
"I like them a lot," Hayes said. "They have a good relationship with our coaches and school."
Defensive end is a position of need for Iowa in the next recruiting cycle. The Hawkeyes are looking for prospects that can pressure the quarterback.
"I can play both (end and OLB)," Hayes said. "I'll go to one school and they'll try me at defensive end. I go to another and they say they want to try me at outside linebacker.
"I feel like my speed and my ability to get to the ball are my strengths. I need to get better at my technique and with using my hands."
Hayes has been at junior days for SMU and Baylor. He's scheduled to go to Texas with Jyaz Jones this weekend.
"They've been in contact quite a bit," Hayes said of the Longhorns. "They're telling me to keep in touch with them. They said there's a good chance they'll offer me."
Hayes has a good idea of what he seeks in a college.
"I'm looking for a school that's well organized," he said. "I want it to be nice and not all run down. I want to make sure there are good academics so I don't have a dead-end career. I want a well structured place."
Hayes said he's not prepared to commit to any school for a while. The earliest he would make a verbal pledge would be in the late spring or early summer.
"I'll let it carry on for a couple more months to see what other offers I can get," Hayes said. "But for now, I'm kind of satisfied. I'd like to get some more offers and have more options, though."