Northwestern is not one of the 10 teams to extend an offer the offensive lineman but Hayes recently checked out Evanston (Ill.) to see what the Wildcats had to offer.
"I visited Northwestern last weekend," he said. "I liked it a lot. They really sold their academics well and I really liked their coaching styles and how they brought intensity to their practices."
While college football teams are preparing for next season with spring practice, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Hayes will turn to another sport to ready himself for his senior season.
"I'm lifting as well as sprinting for track," he said. "My brother sprinted last year and he got a ton faster and ended up dropping about .4 seconds on his 40 time."
Hayes expects the hard work to pay off.
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting faster," he said. "It should just make me an all-around better player."
Isaac isn't the only future Division-1 football player in his family, his brother Anthony, is a 6-foot-3, 293-pound defensive tackle who will head to Stanford this summer to suit up for the Cardinal.
Isaac doesn't have an offer from the Cardinal but they appear to be interested in the St. Thomas Academy prospect.
"Someone from Stanford's staff and possibly the offensive line coach are going to come [watch me] this spring," he said.
Hayes mentioned he plans to visit Minnesota soon to watch spring practice but he currently doesn't have any other visits scheduled.
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