Daelin Hayes was able to play in only three games this season because of a left shoulder injury. Although he had just a handful of games to display his talents, colleges are still very impressed with the sophomore LB/RB. As of right now Hayes is very close to being 100% and going full speed ahead.
"Rehab is going just fine right now," he told GoBlueWolverine. "January 4 will be the three month mark from my surgery, and at that point I will be able to go full speed ahead. My training consists of core and leg workouts until I am fully recovered. I am excited about how things are going with my shoulder. Although I have had an injury, colleges are still showing interest in me. Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State are all places that I have visited."
As Daelin mentioned, Michigan was a destination for one of his visits -- and it was for the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. He was impressed with the way the Wolverines came out and played, as well as how passionate the crowd was for the game.
"It was great to see the intensity of the rivalry and how hard fought the game was played," he said. "Michigan performed up to their level and it was good to see them play that way. The crowd was really loud and into the game. To be in the stands it felt like you were a part of the game. My mom was at the game with me and she had a great time at the Big House. We had a good experience."
Hayes had a chance to speak with the coaches and some recruits who were at the game. He felt the positive energy from all he was around.
"I talked with Coach Singletary -- we talk at least once or twice a week. Coach Ferrigno saw me and immediately knew who I was. They just want me to get up to Michigan as often as I can, to continue to build a relationship with them. I had a chance to hang out with some of the recruits -- Drake and I talked he remembered seeing me at a game before. George Campbell ... we were all having a good time the vibe was really nice."
Although Daelin had a very good visit up at Michigan it is clear that he is making as many visits as possible to get familiar with the colleges that are interested in him. Obviously one point of interest will be education; it is something that is quite important to him.
"Looking at the different colleges' education will be important to me; seeing what it has to offer academically, the graduation rates as far as what number of football players are graduating. I know my mom is an education freak, and it is important to her that I graduate."
Hayes talks about his injury and Michigan/OSU
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