Hayes elated with ASU commitment

DeChavon Hayes favored Arizona State ever since he visited for the Arizona game. While he wasn't ready to commit at that time, the Lackawanna (Pa.) junior college standout did ultimately act on that sentiment and committed to the Sun Devils over Oklahoma and Virginia.

"I went to sleep knowing I was going to commit to ASU," Hayes said. "I called the coaches up this morning with my decision. I was looking at Oklahoma and Virginia and I just couldn't find a reason why not to choose Arizona State. They were one of my top schools from day one. It fits me perfectly, it's a wide open offense, and that was the best decision for me to make.

"Watching them against Arizona, I loved the atmosphere and the fans in that game. The facilities and the city are great. The academic support there with Jean Boyd is great. Every JUCO kid that goes there…they are going to make sure that you graduate. They stick with you the whole time, so I'm excited."

Hayes did have an in-home visit earlier this week with head coach Todd Graham and running backs coach Bo Graham. Naturally, the narrative of that conversation made quite the impression on ASU's newest addition to the 2014 recruiting class.

"They both told me that I can make an impact from day one," Hayes recalled. "They said that they wouldn't have to change anything for me. I can just hop into their offense and make an impact. I really love the scheme and the coaches told me that they have high expectations for me and that I could be the leading rusher in the Pac-12.

"That says a lot and I liked that because I have high expectations for myself too. They want me to play special teams and return kicks and punts which I like to."

The 5-11 188-pound DeChavon Hayes averaged 119.6 yards per game this season and has scored seven touchdowns in as many games. The running back is a three for two player in terms of eligibility.

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