The football blood line for the 5-10, 165-pound instinctive defensive back runs deep. His dad, Chris Hayes, played seven years in the NFL and his older brother, also named Chris Hayes, currently plays at Oregon State. With football always being a big part of the family, Hayes has developed an understanding of the recruiting process and is doing his due diligence on each offer.
“Since it happened so fast and so urgent, I am going to continue to do research on them,” said Hayes. “Every scholarship I have I like to do research on them and look at their history and check out the coaching staff.”
The Badgers will generate some interest from Hayes considering his dad played two games on the Green Bay Packers’ 1997 Super Bowl championship team.
“I would like to go back out there and visit and take them out there with me,” said Hayes. “He has told me in the winter time that the cold is no joke and playing in that snow is nothing fun. (I’m) not at all am I worried about the weather. I grew up in the snow when he also played for the Jets, so I have been around that my whole life.”
Hayes committed to the Broncos back in February and while schools have still pursued him, he has put the recruiting process in the back of his mind.
“I’m just mostly focusing on my school and my family,” said Hayes. “I am keeping that strong relationship with God and training hard. I’m keeping my mind right and I haven’t created a top list, but that will probably come later on towards Signing Day.”
For people who haven’t seen Hayes play, he breaks down his game and makes sure his opposition knows it is a battle out there each play.
“I get after it,” said Hayes. “I’m physical and I like to make contact. I feel like whoever you put on me I’m going to beat them. You put them in my face, I’m going to beat them. We are going to have our battles and he is going to get his and I’m going to get mine, but it is going to be a battle. I’m not giving the player across from me an easy layout, it is going to be a competition every play. Full speed, every play with no talking or friendship. I’m a competitor and I have that champions mentally. I play with that chip on my shoulder.”