Jay Hayes, a 6-foot-5, 272-pound offensive tackle from Brooklyn's Poly Prep, recently picked up an offer from Connecticut. He is also getting plenty of interest from Rutgers, and he is also hearing from Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech and UCLA.
Although he holds an offer from UConn, the school he knows the most about is Rutgers, where he visited several times in the last year.
"It's great. It's one of campuses I really like," he said. "I like that it's close to home and the players are so supportive."
During the fall and winter, his recruiting coach was Kyle Flood. Now that Flood is the Scarlet Knights' head coach, Hayes feels a special connection and the two chatted recently when Hayes attended a recent basketball game.
"I know he was the recruiting coach and offensive line coach, and basically now he's the coach at Rutgers," Hayes said. "He's a funny guy. Every time we have a conversation it cracks me up."
Hayes, who also plays defensive end, received his UConn offer during a trip to campus last month.
"It was a cool experience because that was my second time up there," Hayes said. "I know they have a great basketball team and the football team is in the Big East. I'm looking forward to knowing more about them."
Hayes is still in the process of putting together a list of schools he wants to visit in the spring and summer as his junior season creeps closer, but a school he really wants to check out is UCLA.
"I'm trying to get to UCLA and check them out this summer," he said. "I never been on the west coast and I want to see it. I want to get out of the way early so I know if I want to go (that far)."
The recruiting process may be in its infancy, but Hayes already knows what he wants in a school.
"I'm looking for a great, steady academic school and a place I can get me a degree," he said. "I want to graduate from a school of prestige and I want a position coach that will push me to the next level so when I wake up in the morning I know he's going to give me a good task, and be a person I can trust."