Recruit Turned Recruiter

Notre Dame commitment Justice Hayes from Grand Blanc High School (Mich.) has been waiting to see the Notre Dame offense pound the ball against an opposing defense. The Irish took a step in that direction last weekend against Utah.

Notre Dame rushed for 127 yards on 29 carries against the Utes. Those numbers caught the attention of Justice Hayes who was on hand to watch the Irish defeat Utah 28-3.

"I saw some great runs out of both Joans (Gray) and Cierre (Wood)," Hayes said. "They had solid games. I'm sure the time will come and the more they work with it, they get the running game moving. They're moving in the right direction.

"This is the first year that coach Kelly has been there. I'm pretty sure we're going to get a bunch of offensive lineman that will want to come to Notre Dame and run the ball. I've been trying to get offensive line recruits to come in. We've got a great group of guys so far though."

Hayes has made several unofficial visits this season, so he isn't a stranger on campus. Nonetheless Justice enjoyed getting back to Notre Dame and helping recruit some of the prospects that were in for their official visit.

"I enjoyed my time down there. I walked around campus for a little bit with my family and then we went into stadium," Hayes said. "Coach Kelly and coach Martin talked a little bit to the group of recruits and then we went onto the field. It was a great win that we picked up. It was cold and rainy, but I still had a good time.

"I was trying to get the recruits that were there to commit. Jacoby (Brissett) felt like he really liked the place. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to stay the whole time, because if I would have, I would have been with him the whole night.

"I was telling (Everett) Golson from North Carolina that we don't just recruit from around the area, we recruit from all across the country. I think that's a big deal and that's what's great about the school. We get guys from all over." Top Stories