Kentucky's desire to get more out of Ohio is evident this season by the number of prospects targeted in the Buckeye State. One player that Kentucky has been heavily recruiting is defensive end Jesse Hayes.
"Jesse is extremely fast. He's a pretty strong athlete," said John Rodenberg, head coach at Moeller High. "He's a big time pass rusher. He'll be a two year starter. He's the type of kid who'll get bigger. If he's like his dad or his uncle, he'll be 6-foot-7. His speed off the edge is unbelievable. He's been offered by about 15 schools."
The 6-foot-4, 235 pound Hayes's father is defensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jay Hayes. With his father being a coach, it's clear that Jesse is coachable and knowledgeable about the game. But where does his room for improvement lie?
"He has to hit the weight room," said Rodenberg. "He just needs to get a little stronger. He's capable of being one of the best defensive ends in the country," he continued.
"He was second on our team in sacks this past season. He had six or seven. He was 2nd Team Greater Catholic League. He had a nice season," said Rodenberg.
His season was so nice that he's pulled in several offers already, including: Kentucky, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota and is expecting an offer from Tennessee at any time.
Hayes will take more unofficials over the next several months, including Iowa and Wisconsin. Hayes has already been to Kentucky as well.
"He likes Kentucky a lot," said Rodenberg.
Jesse Hayes is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com.
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