South Warren wide receiver C.J. Hayes recently announced via social media that he will make his college commitment known on June 18.
"That's my birthday and I wanted it to be special," he told Scout.com.
The Scout.com three-star prospect will have plenty of options to choose from. With a scholarship offer list that has grown beyond a dozen, as well as interest from others, Hayes anticipates trimming his list to ten schools during the coming days.
"I feel blessed to have this many opportunities and the feeling is great," he said.
"I have my list of top ten schools," he explained. "Some I have offers from, some are target schools. A lot of schools really like the idea of me doing it on my birthday."
Which schools will make Hayes top ten? He's not saying, just yet. Also a standout on the diamond, Hayes has helped South Warren reach the 14th District semi-finals, where they'll face Warren East on Tuesday evening.
"Warren East is a huge rival for us," he said, adding that he's "looking forward to Tuesday."
He'll announce his shortened list once baseball is over, but that's where he's focused for now.
Ball State, Cincinnati, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Purdue, and Toledo are among the many offers for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete. Western Kentucky has hosted him on multiple unofficial visits and expressed a strong desire in keeping him home. Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and Wake Forest are among the many also keeping a close eye on Bluegrass State's top-rated wide receiver prospect.
Once he does make his college choice, his focus will shift to his team and repeating as 4A state champions.
"After I make my college choice, I would like to really focus on my last year of high school football, and try to win another state championship," he said. "That's also why I want to commit before the season starts so I can play more relaxed."