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.
— Josaihhayes (@josaihhayes) December 4, 2019
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.