OU gives Hayes something to think about

OU hosted a number of top junior college prospects last weekend and made quite an impression with running back DeChavon Hayes.

Oklahoma is going to lose its top three running backs to graduation after the season. There is an opportunity for a lot of new faces to make an impact.

One of those faces might turn out to be Lackawanna (Pa.) College junior college prospect DeChavon Hayes, who took an official visit to OU last weekend.

The Sooners have a running back commit and a fullback pledge, but there's no doubt OU is looking for one more. An immediate impact player like Hayes could be the answer. And OU is definitely in the occasion.

"It was an A+ visit," Hayes said. "It was definitely a great visit. There is so much support from the coaches. I can definitely see myself being a Sooner."

Hayes said he thought about committing but took a step back and said he wants to play the process out. The process should open up for Hayes in the next couple of months. He has made an official visit to Kansas and has another set up for Arizona State next week.

Unlike a lot of OU's juco targets, Hayes won't be a mid-year enrollee. There is no pressure for a decision in the next month. Hayes said he will be signing in February.

A running back by trade, Hayes was actually hosted by sophomore wide receiver Sterling Shepard, which gives a little bit more insight on what could be his future at OU as well.

The talk was all about being a running back but also about the possibility of playing slot receiver. Like a lot of the recruits OU is searching for, he brings some versatility.

"Sterling is a great dude," Hayes said. He was talking to me about the program and how OU wouldn't recruit any juco guys unless they could make an impact."

An impact was made by OU with the atmosphere against Iowa State. Hayes said he had to snap himself out of it a couple of times because all he kept doing was looking around and picturing himself playing there.

Getting the tour of the campus was great, too, Hayes said. He said all his questions were answered by OU coaches Cale Gundy and Bob Stoops.

"My opinion has changed a lot about OU," Hayes said. "Before I liked it, but now I know this could be one of the schools that could be it for me. They develop guys for the next level.

"Coach Gundy was talking about coming in right away and making an impact. He won't give me the spot, but if I put in the work, it can happen. I'm not afraid of competition."

There wasn't one running back Hayes was paying attention to at the game. He said he's a combo of all three – Roy Finch, Brennan Clay and Damien Williams.

It could come down to a Pac-12 and Big 12 battle. Conference affiliation doesn't matter when Hayes said he was able to see all those championships.

"OU is one of the most winningest programs," Hayes said. "It doesn't matter that it's not in the SEC or Pac-12. OU could beat a lot of those schools.

"I looked and saw all those championships. There were rings for days. They're obviously doing something right."


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