Hakes (6-3 ½, 190, 4.7) transferred to Nolan Christian from Colleyville Heritage last fall. He helped Nolan Christian win the Division I-6A state championship, posting a 12-1 record. Hakes had four interceptions as a safety on defense and filled in at quarterback.
"I started at free safety," Hakes said. "We had a senior who was already there at quarterback. I would go in offense and go in on defense, wherever I was needed. I will be on offense mostly this season.
"Everybody is gone on our offense except for me and our offensive line. We will base around that. We'll probably do a lot of three out and single back. We will do a lot of seven-step drops and try to get the ball out since we don't have a returning running back."
Hakes said he left Colleyville Heritage to have a chance to play quarterback.
"I kind of got pidgeonholed at free safety," he said. "They were not going to give me a shot at quarterback."
Hakes discussed what helps him make a difference at the quarterback spot.
"There are probably a lot of people that have better athletic ability," he said. "But I just think I'm a winner. I find a way to beat those people. That's what I bring to the table. I will do anything to win. When the pressure is on, that's when I perform my best."
Hakes has family ties to Ohio as well.
"My whole family is up there, both sides," he said. "I was born in Ohio and we lived in the Dublin area. We moved to Texas in 1992. We moved back to Ohio in 1996, then back to Texas in '97.
"I always grew up a fan of Big Ten football. That's what I enjoy watching and where it's at. They are real passionate about football at Michigan and Ohio State. I've been impressed with what I've seen with Illinois and Ron Zook so far as well."
Hakes is awaiting offers. He lists Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio). He will attend the Elite 11 tryouts May 6 in Ann Arbor and the Nike Camp at Michigan May 7. He also plans summer camp stops at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois, N.C. State and Louisville. He may also camp at Texas and Purdue.
"Ohio State has sent me letters and invited me to spring practice," Hakes said. "I'll try and come up this spring and I will go to their camp. I grew up an Ohio State fan being around that atmosphere. We would go to the games when we lived there.
"My mom babysat Kirk Herbstreit when he was growing up. I always wanted to put on the Scarlet and Gray."
Hakes noted that OSU has four quarterbacks on scholarship now and could take one or two more this year.
"I don't shy away from competition," he said. "I know I will push myself to try and beat anybody. Having four quarterbacks there already would only drive me. My mentality is I don't expect to come in and redshirt. I want to go in and compete."
Hakes holds a 3.2 GPA and will take college entrance exams in the spring.