• position Defensive Lineman
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 309
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Horn Lake, Miss.
  • High school Horn Lake

2021 – Sophomore

  • Played in all 13 games with his first career start against Vanderbilt
  • Totaled 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a fumble recovery
  • Made his first collegiate sack at Mississippi State … Also finished with a career-high four tackles
  • Charted a career-high two tackles in the win over ULM and also against No. 10/9 Florida

2020 – Freshman

  • Played in five games vs. Mississippi State, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina
  • Totaled two career tackles
  • Notched his first career tackle vs. the Vols

High School

  • Four-star prospect by all of the major recruiting services
  • Regarded as the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi and a top-15 defensive tackle nationally according to
  • Named to the 6A Coaches All-State First-Team Defense in 2019 after a second-team selection as a junior
  • Totaled 26 tackles during his senior year
  • Helped lead Horn Lake to its first MHSAA Class 6A state football title in 2018
  • Played in the 2019 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game
  • Coached by Brad Boyette
  • Chose Kentucky over Auburn and Ole Miss


  • Born in Cleveland, Mississippi
  • Son of Thomosa Roger and Wilson Hayes
  • Siblings are Nema Hendrix, Savanna Hawkins, and Isaiah Hayes
  • Major is undecided

Josaih Says

  • His nickname is “Pooh”
  • He chose Kentucky because it was the best fit for him
  • His sports hero is Ray Lewis because of his energy
  • One word to describe him on the field is “aggressive”
  • His dream job is to be a physical therapist
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