Oklahoma's 2017 class, SoonerSquad17, just got a little bit bigger in the literal sense as Maryland Heights (Mo.) Pattonville offensive lineman Marquis Hayes announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon.
Hayes, listed at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, visited OU last week. At the time, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said the offer was dependent on everything checking out academically. Turns out that check didn’t take long.
Hayes was offered by Bedenbaugh on Tuesday evening. Hayes had been pretty consistent in saying he wanted to wait with his recruitment, but he added last week that if a school like OU comes calling, you don’t wait if you know that’s where you want to go.
Hayes is ranked the No. 44 offensive tackle by Scout, but Hayes said Bedenbaugh told him he could be an elite offensive guard at the next level.
The addition of Hayes is nice in multiple ways for OU’s star-studded 2017 class. OU suffered a rare decommitment earlier in the week from Scout 300 defensive back Trajan Bandy, but the pledge of Hayes shows once again how the train simply never stops rolling.
OU now has 15 commitments with 11 of them in the Scout 300, but a problem had been the lack of linemen in the class. Hayes joins McKinney (Texas) North Scout 300 offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson as the lone recruits so far for Bedenbaugh.
Hayes acted fast, and OU knew it had to do so as well with schools noticing Hayes like crazy in the last couple of months following some outstanding camp performances.
Following his visit to OU last week, Hayes spent last weekend at Miami with the Hurricanes looking like one of the programs in that short list.
Bedenbaugh showed a strong interest with Hayes following his great outing at the Kansas City Rivals Five-star challenge event, and Hayes said nobody has been in contact with him more than Bedenbaugh in the last couple of months.
OU is not done with its search for offensive lineman but adding Hayes to the fold this early to go with Robinson certainly lessens the worry among OU fans and will allow Bedenbaugh to think big in the figurative and literal sense going forward at offensive line.