Hiestand offers athletic tackle target

Ryan Hayes continues to make believers. Harry Hiestand is one of the latest. The Irish offensive line coach offered the three-star offensive tackle from Traverse City, Mich., last week. Hayes sees a return trip to South Bend in the future.

More coaches are starting to get on board with Ryan Hayes as a college offensive tackle.

Hayes, a three-star prospect from Traverse City, Mich., has been a big tight end and plays basketball during the off-season. But next year Hayes will start transitioning to college football and offensive tackle looks like it will be his future.

Notre Dame is one of the latest to jump on board. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand offered last week.

“Coach Hiestand has talked to me the most,” Hayes said, “and he called me and then he put coach (Brian) Kelly on the phone and they offered me.”

Central Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern have also offered.

Hayes is already familiar with the Irish after visiting for the Duke game last season. Since then there have been coaching staff changes in South Bend, yet Hiestand remains a constant. Hayes has been impressed so far.

“It was really nice to get an offer from ND and have that as an option because it is a great school,” Hayes said.

Michigan State has hosted the 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect multiple times, including at the end of the season. Northwestern got Hayes on campus during the season as well.

But now in the middle of basketball season, Hayes doesn’t have any trips set. He does, however, plan to make the trek to Notre Dame again.

“No plans to visit right now,” Hayes said. “But I will get back there when I can.”


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