Kaleb Hayes helped lead San Gorgonio High School in San Bernadino to one of their best seasons ever, an 11-4 record and a birth in the CIF State Football Championships Division 5-AA Regional Finals where they lost to Valley View. Hayes was one of the primary reasons for their success as he excelled on both sides of the ball for the Spartans, being named. The 6’ 175-pound athlete was the starting quarterback but also played wide out, running back and cornerback throughout his high school career, which included a San Andreas League Offensive MVP honor as a junior. Rated a 3* athlete by Scout, he was ranked as the 85th best ATH in the nation, 18th in the West Region and 12th in California. As a senior he threw for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns while also averaging nearly 100 yards rushing per game as he amassed over 1,400 yards and accounted for another 18 scores. Only played sparingly on defense as a senior due to his importance at the quarterback position. Was a former teammate of Beaver OLB, Shemiah Unutoa-Whitson.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Cory Hall – Position/Area
Hayes is another athlete that caught the coaching staff’s attention while at one of their satellite camps. Initially was working with the quarterbacks until a coach asked him to move over to defensive back where his athleticism shined through. He had all the tools to excel as a corner however he did not play there often in high school due to also being the quarterback. He had been on the staff’s radar since the prior season due to their recruitment of Unutoa-Whitson. He committed just days after picking up his offer and was solid in his commitment even as programs tried to enter the picture down the stretch. BYU, New Mexico, Fresno State and Cal Poly all tried to entice Kaleb to at least take a visit to their school. He took his visit to OSU January 13th and it all but solidified his commitment, although members of staff visited him throughout the month leading up to signing day.
Could be the most gifted athlete to sign with OSU in the class of 2017... Has tremendous straight-line speed, one of the faster athletes in California… Could see time on special teams as he has good vision, is elusive in both tight spaces and the open field… Plays with a bit of physicality, not afraid to mix it up with bigger players… Long armed with very loose hips with good change of direction… Due to inexperience at the position, don’t expect Hayes to be a contributor until possibly his sophomore season as he continues to learn how to play it and adjusts to the speed of college game.
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
The Beavers were Hayes first offer and he jumped on it. While at the satellite camp he flashed everything the coaches liked to see athletically in their cornerbacks, he was just raw and lacked experience at the position.