This weekend, Hayes was one of many visitors on hand for Northwestern's Junior Day. The Minnesota native had an extended visit, as he came in to Evanston on Friday night. Overall, he enjoyed his visit.
"It was pretty good," Hayes said. "I went to practice yesterday and I liked it a lot. I liked the intensity and I liked the coaching style. It was pretty fun."
Hayes came to town for an overnight visit, and spent his weekend with Northwestern linebacker Damien Proby. On Friday, Hayes received a tour of campus, and met with academic advisors. After that, Proby showed Hayes to a fun Friday night.
"I thought it was fun to hang out with a couple of the players," said Hayes. "We went to a movie, ate dinner together, and played Call of Duty. I guess that's the Friday night experience during football season."
During the day on Saturday, Hayes attended the defensive line meeting and met with defensive line coach Marty Long. As an unexpected twist to his recruitment, the Wildcats are recruiting Hayes as a defensive lineman. However, Hayes has played on both sides of the ball for his entire high school career, and prefers playing defensive line.
"I think I like d-line more," Hayes said. "My whole entire life, I've played both ways. I've been playing offensive tackle because my team needed me. I would love to play defense because that's what I love to do."
Though Hayes is currently being recruited as a defensive lineman, that doesn't rule out the possibility that he is recruited to the offensive line. The Northwestern coaches told Hayes that they would like to film on each side of the ball, and have him perform at a summer camp before making any decisions.
"They said they want to see defensive film, and they'll also show me to their offensive line coach," said Hayes. "I'll go to a summer camp, and they're going to show me to their offensive line coach and see what he thinks about an offensive scholarship."
As a junior, Hayes was named All-Conference Honorable Mention, and he currently carries a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.