Three-quarters of the departing offensive line for Kansas State is now property of the NFL. Following Cody Whitehair's selection by the Chicago Bears and Boston Stiverson signing with Dallas, Luke Hayes has been invited to minicamp by the Houston Texans, as reported by the Capitol-Journal's Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope.
Former #KState OL Luke Hayes has been invited to attend the Houston Texans minicamp, according to a source.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) May 1, 2016
Hayes, who protected Wichita State basketball star Ron Baker when he was the quarterback at Scott Community High School in Scott City, Kansas, started the final 25 games of his Wildcat career at right guard alongside Matt Kleinsorge. The 6'6' 295 transfer from Butler Community College served as a player representative for the 2015 Wildcats, and earned first-team All-Academic honors as well.
Per the report, this is only an invite to mini-camp as opposed to an actual signing. (The difference is subtle but relevant.) So it will be interesting to see how Hayes fares, and whether he can stick in Houston. Previous Wildcats have not found success on that particular journey; most notably, the Texans also invited Collin Klein to minicamp, ultimately passing on the opportunity to sign him.