Marquis Hayes is one of the biggest and best prospects in the St. Louis area.
A Class of 2017 offensive lineman at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Mo., Hayes has already received scholarship offers from schools in the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten Conference as well as smaller regional schools, but he's getting looks from several more.
"I like where I'm at right now and if it gets better, it gets better," Hayes said of his recruitment.
The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder said he has offers from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami (Oh), Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Western Michigan. He said he's also heard from Notre Dame, Purdue, Arkansas and Northern Illinois.
Schools will have more than one reason to check out Pattonville during the 2016 season. In addition to Hayes, quarterback Kaleb Eleby is a Division I prospect in the Class of 2018 with an early offer from Iowa State.