Michigan State the first for Hayes

Orchard Lake St. Mary's sophomore nets offer from in-state Spartans on Tuesday. He shares his early thoughts on the program in East Lansing, which has a pair of teammates committed already.

The 2014 recruiting cycle isn't even completed yet, but Michigan State already has its sights on some of the top 2016 talent.

On Tuesday, the Spartans offered Orchard Lake St. Mary's athlete Daelin Hayes – his first offer.

"It's a great feeling," he said "I'm just really enjoying it. I worked my butt off for this and to finally see it manifest in front of me is great. It's a great opportunity at a great school. I'm just enjoying the moment right now."

Coaches Mark Dantonio and Brad Salem were at OLSM on Tuesday to make the offer official. They also were able to see a pair of already committed defensive backs from the school in Jalen Watts-Jackson (2014) and Tyson Smith (2015).

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore said he expects to hear from them soon about the offer and Michigan State.

"Oh yeah, definitely," Hayes said. "Jalen's more into basketball season right now so I don't see him as much. I see Tyson more than Jalen, so I'll definitely be hearing from Tyson. Then (2017 linebacker) Josh Ross was offered by them, too, so I already talked to Josh about it."

Hayes visited East Lansing multiple times this season and said he likes a pair of things a lot about the team and program.

"First off, I like how they develop," he said. "Just seeing what they did with Le'Veon Bell and Darqueze Dennard, guys like that who were two-star guys coming out of high school and the players they are now. It shows just how good of a coaching staff that they have and how well they develop players."

He also said he likes the attitude of the players and that it reminds him of the program at Orchard Lake St. Mary's – something he wants at the next level.

"I like the way they play as a team," he said. "It's not really an arrogance or ‘I'm untouchable, I'm a football player.' Everybody is humble and a lot of the players' attitudes come from the coaching staff. The head coach sets the atmosphere for the team."

While he is being recruited as an athlete, he said he will talk more with the coaches about what position they like him at when he visits campus for a basketball game soon.

Hayes also is hearing from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin.


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