"Right now, Mississippi State is the main school in touch with me," said Hayes. "I went to their junior day and that was a good visit.
The Bulldogs have not offered yet, but the Mississippi State coaching staff appears to have laid out a road map towards that end.
"I had the chance to talk with the O line coach, Coach (John) Hevesy," said Hayes. "He had some good things to say and he wants me to come to a couple of their camps, so he can work with me some.
"Coach (Greg) Knox is my area recruiter and he has been in touch with my some, but they haven't really said yet how much they're interested in me or if they are going to offer me early.
"I know they want me to come to the camps."
Mississippi State is not the only school gathering information on the massive Madison Central mauler.
Hayes is eagerly waiting for his first offers, but with classmates Keenan Barnes and Trey Smith also drawing major college attention, the talented big man is sure to be seen by several college recruiters.
"I am just going to keep working hard," said Hayes. "I feel like we have the chance to have a really good year this year.
"I have been at Madison Central my entire high school career, so I know how things are and I know what we have to do to be successful.
"Our coaches really work us hard to get us ready to play, because we know it's going to be a tough game every single week.
"I am just going to work hard to do my job and I feel like everything else will work out."