ND chasing USC commit

ADDISON, Ill. - Daelin Hayes knows the stream of coaches visiting school and making contact isn’t likely to slow, even if the four-star linebacker has been committed to USC since last summer. Notre Dame counts itself among the programs still trying to stay in the mix.

Daelin Hayes understands the score at this point.

College coaches are going to continue visiting school and reaching out via Twitter despite his commitment to USC, which dates back to last summer. The four-star linebacker from Ann Arbor, Mich., doesn’t plan on leaving anyone out of the picture either.

“I’m just thanking the coaches for the opportunity and letting them know what the situation is,” Hayes said at The Opening Regional outside Chicago. “At the end of the day, you don’t want to burn any bridges. Always be respectful. I just thank them for the opportunity. Whatever they choose to do after you let them know what the situation is is completely on them.”

Hayes advises all other coaches his commitment to USC is solid.

Yet the beginning of the spring evaluation period has been busy. Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame all made their way through Skyline High School to check on the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect.

Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore made the trip, working his territory in the state of Michigan, after starting out last week in Detroit.

“Coach Gilmore came up to the school,” Hayes said. “Of course, they send me messages via Twitter and whatnot. It’s just great being able to have that opportunity.”

Hayes last visited Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion last summer, after which he landed an offer from defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. He committed to USC the next month.

USC had Hayes as local last fall after he moved to Southern California for a brief time. But since returning to Michigan, the Trojans staff has made sure to make Hayes feel secure in his commitment.

“It’s great man,” Hayes said. “Being able to have that sense of security that the coaches are just as committed to you as you are to them is a great thing.”

But by the same token Hayes hasn’t shut down the idea of making other visits when asked if it’s a possibility.

“Only time will tell,” he said.


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