”My top four is Southern Cal, USC, Trojan nation and University of Southern California," Hayes said at Sunday's Nike combine.
"I saw them last week," he said of USC. "I'm going to see them next week. I talk to them at least two to three times a week. That's pretty much it. The communication has been pretty consistent."
Those comments come after the four-star linebacker moved back to his home state of Michigan earlier this year, where he now stars for Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline.
"It's been fun," Hayes said on his transition. "The team has welcomed me back with open arms. It's been a great opportunity to go out with that team and be able to build a foundation from the bottom on up. So I am looking forward to this year."
While Hayes is still committed to USC, it hasn't stopped Michigan from stopping by his school now and then to gauge his interest.
"I talked to Coach Harbaugh briefly," Hayes said of Michigan. "I've seen Coach Wheatley. He's come to the school three times. So they've been there. They're around the corner. They are literally five minutes away. It's a great opportunity [to play at Michigan]. I thank God every day. But I'm 110-percent 'fight on.'"
Hayes added: "You never want to burn bridges," he said. "Those coaches could easily end up being your coaches at the next level. You never want to burn bridges. You always want to be respectful. At the end of the day, I'm committed."
At the moment, Hayes plans to graduate early and enroll at USC this January, or possibly somewhere else.
"Will see, but I got a long process," Hayes said. "I got six months until I graduate. I graduate in November. So it's a long process from now until then. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."