Marquis Hayes Recaps Mizzou Visit

Class of 2017 offensive lineman Marquis Hayes talks about his unofficial visit to Missouri and his top three schools.

Pattonville High School junior offensive lineman Marquis Hayes wasn’t able to visit Missouri for the Tigers’ Junior Day a couple weeks back because he had already committed to visiting Iowa State that day.

The Class of 2017 St. Louis area standout was finally able to make it to the Mizzou campus on Friday, taking advantage of a day off  to get a better look at coach Barry Odom’s program.

“It went good,” Hayes told “I really enjoyed it.”

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder, who is now up to seven offers, had a favorite part of his unofficial visit to Columbia. 

“I really liked the facilities,” Hayes said. “I like how the locker room was connected to the weight room and then they have a room where they eat at right there. It’s all connected. You don’t have to go nowhere or walk nowhere.”

Hayes said he doesn’t have any other visits planned right now, but acknowledged that could change.

He did offer a list of his top schools right now.

“My top three schools are my power five (conference) schools, which is Mizzou, Illinois and Iowa State,” Hayes said. “They are my top three schools because they are my power five schools.”

Hayes said he hasn’t talked to anyone from Illinois since the recent coaching change from Bill Cubit to Lovie Smith, but he expects to soon. 

He’s also interested in knowing more about Smith, the former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach who was recently hired to take over the Illini. 

“I just know as much as how my parents talk about him, how he’s coached for a couple NFL teams and a Hall of Famer and stuff like that,” Hayes said.

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