"I committed to Ohio State today," Hayes stated. "I was offered by Illinois in June, but this is the one I wanted. I spoke to Coach Dick Tressel tonight and told him I was taking his offer. He told me I would have my written offer tomorrow. I have to call Jim Tressel tomorrow morning and speak to him. I got my Ohio State offer today after practice."
Hayes, a life-long Buckeye fan, wasted no time accepting the Ohio State offer.
"There was no need to wait," he said. "All my life I've wanted to be a Buckeye and there was no other school for me. We are all huge Buckeye fans in my family and they're all happy for me. I will be going to Ohio State for the Navy game this week and I'm really excited to be going as a Buckeye."
Hayes is quite familiar with the Ohio State program and is quite close with the coaching staff.
"I've been to the Ohio State camp the past two years so I knew exactly how Ohio State does things," he stressed. "I love the defense they play under (defensive coordinator) Coach (Jim) Heacock. I speak to Coach Heacock fairly often and he knew I wanted to be a Buckeye. I went to the Michigan game last year and I loved it."
Ohio State has had great success in their recruiting efforts the past few years and the addition of the 6-foot-5 and 215-pound Hayes gets them off to a great start for 2011.
"Ohio State said they like my speed off the edge and they think I can get on the field early," Hayes stated. "I want to have a great senior season and then get ready to get to Columbus. I'm so excited I might not sleep tonight."