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Kentucky Coaches Pay Visit to Four-Star Defensive Tackle Josaih Hayes

(247Sports | Yancy Porter)

(247Sports | Yancy Porter)

The coaching staff for the Kentucky Wildcats football team has been taking advantage of the recent beatdown against Louisville by loudly hitting the recruiting trail.

After spending time in recent days visiting current recruits, head coach Mark Stoops and company traveled to Horn Lake, Mississippi to get in touch with four-star defensive tackle Josaih Hayes.

Four coaches, including Stoops and linebacker coach Jon Sumrall, made the trip, probably bragging about how easy it would be for Hayes to come to Lexington and continue beating down on the Cardinals for the next four years.

Hayes is set to visit Kentucky’s campus on Friday, Dec. 6, just a few days from now, but the staff still wanted to sneak in a quick trip before then.

Rated as a top-250 player according to 247Sports, Hayes is listed as the 21st best defensive tackle in the country and the fifth-best player in the state of Mississippi. His list of offers is massive and littered with premier programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, and Oregon, among others.

In late November, Hayes trimmed his list down to five schools; Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Memphis, and Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-3, 296-pound tackle out of the class of 2020 recently took a visit to Auburn at the end of November. Two Crystal Ball predictions have been logged for Hayes, both choosing Ole Miss, however, the most recent pick is from April and both predictions are courtesy of Ole Miss bloggers. The Rebels recently fired its head coach on Dec. 1.

Hayes’ visit to UK this weekend should shine some more light on where he currently stands in his recruitment process.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

5 Comments for Kentucky Coaches Pay Visit to Four-Star Defensive Tackle Josaih Hayes



  1. ClutchCargo
    12:30 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Come on down (up?) big guy! I like the way our defense is shaping up, and Hayes would be another nice addition.



  2. Dustin Rumbaugh
    12:02 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    I know zero about football but I know this from basketball…that kid has a nose for the ball. Sign him up!!!



  3. Dustin Rumbaugh
    12:02 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    I know zero about football but I know this from basketball…that kid has a nose for the ball. Sign him up!!!



  4. Dustin Rumbaugh
    12:02 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    I know zero about football but I know this from basketball…that kid has a nose for the ball. Sign him up!!!



  5. notFromhere
    10:03 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Hayes could step right in where Calvin Taylor left off. Come and eat the sack lunch, Mr Hayes!