ANN ARBOR, Mich – Daelin Hayes, 4-star outside linebacker for Skyline High School, has had a crazy week as far as recruiting is concerned—and that’s putting it lightly.
Hayes is one of the top linebacker recruits in the 2016 class, and not surprisingly he’s one of the more highly sought after recruits as well. With an offer list that features over 20 schools—including the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, among others—the proof is in the pudding. Hayes is without a doubt a top 2016 college football recruit to know, as there are plenty of major schools after his commitment.
Speaking of, the aforementioned crazy week for Hayes actually started with the opposite of a commitment (a decommitment, of course), when he announced that his verbal pledge to the USC Trojans was no longer standing. This came shortly after head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, so it wasn’t a huge surprise. This happened on Sunday Night:
— ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) October 11, 2015
Late Wednesday night—for those having a hard time following along, just a few days after his decommitment from USC—Hayes again took to Twitter with another announcement. This time it was a list of schools that he wanted to officially visit—Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and LSU—and to make things even better; he provided dates for those visits as well:
Official Visits – Notre Dame Oct. 17 🍀🍀🍀🍀 Ohio State Nov. 7 🅾 🙌🏾❗️⭕️ Michigan State Nov. 14 ✅◻️✅◻️ Oklahoma Nov. 21 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ LSU Nov. 28 🐯💜🐯💜 — ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) October 15, 2015
With five visits to some of the top football schools in the country scheduled, it looked like things were setting up to get very interesting for Hayes. Tonight, though, another wrinkle was added to this saga, and a proverbial wrench was thrown into the plans for at least one of those schools on Hayes’ initial visit list.
Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks must not have liked being held off of Hayes’ list, but it did make sense considering that he didn’t have an offer from the Pac-12 standout. That changed Thursday night, though, when Hayes announced (on Twitter, of course) that the Ducks did indeed extend him an offer, and it was such a big offer in fact that it apparently changed his official visit plans:
Blessed to have been offered by The University of Oregon🐥✳️‼️ I will also reschedule my Nov. 21 Visit to Oregon‼️ pic.twitter.com/UsiC4B1ozg
— ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) October 15, 2015
Oregon’s offer shook things up for Hayes so much so that he had to pencil in the Ducks for an official visit. Being that recruits are only able to take five official visits, though, one of the five initial schools had to pay the piper. And when connecting the dots from Hayes’ newest Tweet, it looks like the Oklahoma Sooners are now the proverbial fifth wheels of this recruitment.
The 4-star will now be visiting Oregon on November 21st instead of Oklahoma, a move that will undoubtedly sadden Sooners fans hoping their school will get a shot at the talented state of Michigan stand out.
Ironically enough, Hayes will be visiting Oregon for the Ducks’ matchup against (you guessed it) USC, and that will be his second official visit taken where the Trojans are the visiting team. Keep in mind, Hayes is officially visiting Notre Dame this weekend for the Fighting Irish’s matchup against the Trojans.
It does seem pretty ironic that the former USC commitment will be watching the Trojans from the perspective of two different home schools. Perhaps he’s keeping an eye on his former squad just to see how life after Sarkisian will go. After all, he still has an offer from USC and one would have to think the Trojans would gladly have him back. It’s also going to be interesting to see who USC chooses as the long-term head coach after this season, so at the very least one would think it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re a highly recruited player like Hayes.
Of course, it could be coincidence as well; but you never really do know in the world of college football recruiting.
Either way, it’s going to be an interesting few months for those watching the recruitment of this 6-foot-4, 235 pound linebacker.