"I've been to Ole Miss, Texas, TCU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Colorado State and Wisconsin," Hakes said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. He added that he also attended the Elite 11 quarterbacks camp in Las Vegas.
"I'm glad that I got to go on all of them because it really has helped me figure out what I want and what I want to look for in a school," Hakes said. "I've got a big variety of schools."
Hakes was in Madison, Wis. for a Badger football camp Monday and flew home Tuesday.
"I really enjoyed it," he said. "The coaches are really nice. The campus is really nice. It's very large but it's definitely a college town."
Hakes has received verbal scholarship offers from Mississippi and Colorado State. And the Rebels' and Rams' camps were two of the three that really stood out to him.
"I really liked Ole Miss's atmosphere and all that," he said. "I like how it's kind of secluded from everything. And I really like Miami because it's Miami. And Colorado State. It wasn't like a huge campus, but it was like right by the mountains and it was really pretty also."
Hakes received phone calls in May from Mississippi, Colorado, Colorado State and Michigan. He does not have any favorites at this point.
"I don't really know," he said. "It's wide open. I'm really just keeping my options open, waiting for the season to start and all that."
What is Hakes looking for in a school?
"Good coaches," he said. "Just, you know, the way that they run the team and how the team's doing and if the team is one that could go to a national championship."
Hakes said he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, squats 350 pounds and can bench press 185 pounds 15 times.
He also plays free safety but he is being recruited solely as a quarterback, which he prefers.
"I can be a dual threat and I can be a pocket passer," Hakes said of his quarterback skills. "If they had a category for in between I'd be in that one."
Hakes was born in Ohio and spent part of his youth in the Buckeye state. He grew up a fan of Ohio State. But he said the Buckeyes are no longer recruiting him. Ohio State has received a verbal commitment from Fort Valley, Ga. signal caller Antonio Henton.
"They have indicated to me that they are not picking up a quarterback this year," Hakes said. "I was very interested and they seemed interested. But they have to do what's best for them."