OL Marquis Hayes Impressed By Missouri Visit; Names A Leader

One of the top recruits in the state of Missouri enjoyed his trip to Columbia on Saturday for Mizzou's Black & Gold Game.

When Pattonville High School Class of 2017 offensive lineman Marquis Hayes visited the University of Missouri last month, he liked what he saw. When he visited again on Saturday, it was even better. 

“The first time I went was after Junior Day,” Hayes told “I made it up there and I really liked it then. But this time it was better. I really liked it. When I got first got there, I really liked how when I came in and they called my name in the locker room and the lights are flashing and everybody yelling my name and my song playing. Then trying on the jersey like it was a photo shoot.”

What song? 

“It was crazy because the day before they asked me what was my favorite song,” Hayes said. “I told them my favorite song was a Meek Mill song, ‘Dreamchasers.’ When I walked in they started playing it and the lights were off. They had a couple players in there singing it to us, clapping, giving me some dap. It was tough.”

Asked if he was tempted to commit to the Tigers at that moment, Hayes said, “I was feeling it right there.”

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder, who has offers from Illinois and Iowa State among others, even had a chat with Missouri head coach Barry Odom before the Black & Gold Game got started.

What did Odom tell him? 

“He was just telling me that it’s my decision but he was telling me that they needed me and to come in because they need some more O-linemen to come in, they’re kind of low on O-linemen,” Hayes recalled.

The Pattonville High School standout liked what he saw during the game, which pitted the Missouri offense against the defense and was won by the offense, 21-0.

“I saw some stuff that I liked during the game,” Hayes said. “One of the graduate assistants was up there with me. He was saying that didn’t show everything, that they can’t show everything that they wanted because it’s a spring game. But I saw some contact and I saw some good plays out there — some good open wide receivers getting some balls and I saw some contact from the tackles that I liked.”

Hayes saw a lot that he liked during his trip to Columbia. 

He’s also seen several other schools at this point, including Iowa State, North Carolina and NC State. He visited the latter two colleges recently and said Minnesota and Purdue are planning to visit him at his high school soon. 

How are the Tigers stacking up against other schools right now? 

“Missouri is stacking up,” Hayes said. “They’re on top of my list. I really like Mizzou.”

Asked when may possibly make a commitment to a school, Hayes said he really didn’t know.

“I think the timing’s just not right yet,” he said. “But I’m saying that now. It probably could change in a minute.”

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