Hayes First Buckeye Commit for 2011

Toledo Whitmer junior Kenny Hayes has become the first Ohio State commitment for the 2011 recruiting class. Hayes committed today to Buckeye assistant Dick Tressel. Hayes, one of the top prospects in the Ohio junior class, is being recruited as a defensive end. Bill Greene spoke to Hayes and filed this report.

Ohio State has landed its first commitment in the 2011 recruiting class. Toledo Whitmer junior defensive end Kenny Hayes pledged to the Buckeyes tonight in a phone call to Ohio State assistant coach Dick Tressel.

"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."

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