While running the Malverne High School's option offense, Hayes amassed over 800 yards rushing along with 14 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he came a few yards shy of eclipsing the 1000 yard mark with 990 yards rushing to go along with 15 touchdowns. Due to his effectiveness as a runner, his passing yardage was limited to 500 yards as a senior.
For his accomplishments, Hayes was named first-team All-Long Island along with being named to the All-State team. However, Hayes is not your typical 5'8"option style QB. He stands 6'1"-205lbs and still covers the forty in 4.5 seconds.
Hayes caught the eye of Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood. As a result, Rutgers invited Hayes to take an official visit to the Rutgers campus. During his visit, he fell in love with the facilities, campus, and the coaching staff. By the time his visit was completed, Hayes was ready to commit and later gave Rutgers a verbal commitment.
Although Hayes might end up as a WR, Rutgers recruited Hayes as an athlete. His frame, size, and versatility might allow him to play DB, WR, or even LB.
Note: Hayes also plays guard for his basketball team and runs track. On the
track, he has run the 110-meters in 11.4 and the 200-meters in 23.6.