Fallout from head coach Steve Sarkisian being put on indefinite leave of absence is already starting to hit USC on the recruiting trail.
Four-star linebacker Daelin Hayes, who already signed financial aid paperwork with the Trojans, announced Sunday night his de-commitment. He originally pledged to USC on July 26, 2014, the summer before his junior year in high school.
USC announced earlier in the day it had asked Sarkisian to take a leave of absence to deal with off-the-field issues.
“At this time my family and I feel it is in my best interest to de-commit from the University of Southern California and open up my recruitment process,” Hayes released via Twitter. “I’d like to thank the USC coaching staff for the opportunities they’ve place before me.”
Hayes has been considering at least one other school, Notre Dame, despite that long-standing USC commitment.
He visited for the season opener against Texas in September before signing financial aid paperwork with USC while on a visit later that month. But despite formalizing things with the Trojans to some degree, Hayes remained on track to visit South Bend again this weekend.
Financial aid paperwork, like verbal commitments, are non-binding.
Hayes will now likely be in the stands at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night as the Irish play against USC, renewing a longstanding rivalry.