South Warren (Ky) wide receiver C.J. Hayes continues to grab the attention of college coaches and he's taking advantage of Junior Day programs throughout the region to become even better acquainted with some that are expressing a high interest.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete has recently visited Louisville for it's Junior Day, and he's at Cincinnati this weekend. A visit to Indiana for the Hoosiers Junior Day is also on his schedule, which also included a recent unofficial visit with hometown Western Kentucky.
His latest trip to Louisville included a complete tour of the football facilities, attending a basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center and visited with members of hte Cardinals coaching staff.
"We toured the facilities and was advised about different academic choices," he said. "I talked to coach Petrino and they are watching me very closely."
Hayes has already developed a relationship with new U of L wide receivers coach Nick Pitino, who worked with the Cardinals receivers as a graduate assistant in 2015 and replaces Lamar Thomas, who left for Kentucky just prior to National Signing Day.
"I've talked to Coach Nick probably a little more than coach Lamar so we have a close relationship," he said, adding that he also had built a relationship with Thomas. "Coach Thomas and I have a great relationship. He has really taught me a lot and I use what he has taught me in my daily football routine."
He's built relationship with coaches and many of the school's that he's received high interest from.
"I have a great relationship with coach Johns at Indiana and a great relationship with (Cincinnati assistant) coach Rolan, so hopefully when I go down there is a possible offer."
Western Kentucky continues to express a desire to make Hayes a Hilltopper and welcomed the hometown prospect for an unofficial visit earlier in the week, when he had the opportunity to visit with head coach Jeff Brohm and receivers coach Bryan Ellis.
"Everything went great and was what I expected," he said. "I had a great time with Coach Brohm and Coach Ellis. They have great offensive minds, which I love that a lot."
Hayes, who also hopes to visit Ole Miss and Tennessee in the near future, garnered All-State honors following his junior season that saw him help lead South Warren to an undefeated season and win the 4A state championship. While his team's style of play limits his pass-catching opportunities, he did top his team with six touchdowns receptions, as well as four interceptions.