It appears that Tennessee is still in search for at least one more defensive tackle for its 2010 recruiting class.
With five commitments already on the defensive line, one or two more could close out this class on a very high note.
Hayes took an unofficial visit to Knoxville on Thursday, InsideTennessee.com caught up with the big defender later Saturday evening to see how his Rocky Top experience was.
"The trip was great," Hayes said. "The coaches are incredible there, they have so much NFL experience."
How the Vol coaching staff recruited him has impressed him as well.
"They greeted me with open arms," Hayes said. "They seem very genuinely happy to see me. They greeted my momma by her first name."
Hayes also like the small town feel of Knoxville.
"Growing up in Rome Georgia I'm use to a small town feel," Hayes explained. "I get that same feeling in Knoxville, even though it's bigger than Rome."
According to Hayes he has an official offer from Tennessee to play defensive tackle for the Vols.
"They never pushed me to commit while I was there," Hayes said. "I know they will probably take one or two more defensive linemen."
Hayes is hoping to make a final decision during the first couple months of his fall season, but one thing is for sure, Tennessee moved up on his list after his visit to Knoxville.
"I don't have an early favorite right now," Hayes said. "Tennessee is definitely up there towards the top, that's for sure."
Being coached by one of the best defensive line coaches in the country also intrigues Hayes.
"Coach Orgeron is a great guy, you can tell he is one of the best in the business," Hayes said. "I can tell I would enjoy playing for him if I decide to pick Tennessee."
Hayes started last year as a freshman at Bakersfield and earned all conference honors at his defensive tackle position.
Hayes is a four star rated defensive tackle by Scout.com and is listed at 6-foot-4, 315-pounds. According to Hayes he is on track to hopefully graduate in December.