One of the top prospects in the Bluegrass State in the Class of 2017 lives within minutes of the Western Kentucky campus and spent the past weekend making an unofficial visit with the Hilltoppers program.
C.J. Hayes, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and defensive back at South Warren, was among the large group of unofficial visitors on hand for WKU's 58-28 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
"It was a great trip, as always," he told WKU Insider.
Hayes, who has made multiple unofficial visits at WKU, had the opportunity to meet with Hilltoppers head coach Jeff Brohm while on campus and believes his hometown school could soon give him some great news.
"I really think they are going to offer soon," he said. "I talked to Coach Brohm for an extended amount of time. He told me that he was going to make sure that I was going to stay here."
Hayes, who projects as a receiver on the college level, likes the idea of playing for nearby WKU, but he's also highly attractted by Brohm's high-powered offense.
"It would be nice (to play near home), but I really like his offense," he said.
He's also made recent visits at Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi and Tennesse. His upcoming schedule includes a trip to Indiana this weekend and a visit at Arkansas the following week.
"I'm visiting theses schools because I want them to see me in person," he explained. "I am a student of the game."
Hayes, who also performs on special teams, has helped South Warren to a 7-0 start to the season.
"Current season is going great," he said. "We are the No. 1 team in 4A in Kentucky. We have a great team on all phases of the game. I play an important role in all of them either, thats blocking punts or returning kickoffs or interceptions and making a big catches."
Hayes currently leads his team with three interceptions.