Daelin Hayes’ second chance at his recruitment boils down to five suitors. Either Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon or LSU will land the talented Ann Arbor (Mich.) outside linebacker following the conclusion of his official visit schedule.
After his de-commitment from USC in the wake of Steve Sarkisian's firing, a program he had been verbally committed to since the summer of 2014, he estimates 15 programs got in contact with him within a 24-hour period. In an effort to keep things calm, he quickly narrowed his list.
“Obviously I came in with a set of five schools that I wanted to get down to and schedule these officials,” Hayes told eDuck. “They met the criteria that I check off with me and my familyl so the process is awesome. It’s fun. It’s always fun. At the end of the day you can only go to one school, so it’s still a business. You’ve got to accept it for what it is and just take your time and enjoy the process.”
Having already taken an official visit to Notre Dame, Hayes will visit the final four in successive weeks next month, with a decision to come sometime in early December.
“After my second official with Ohio State (Nov. 7) I’ll probably release my official date for the commitment,” Hayes siad.
Oregon jumped on the scene and offered Hayes seemingly out of the blue earlier this month and subsequently earned a visit from the four-star prospect, which is set for Nov. 21. Although surprised, Hayes liked what he heard from Ducks outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander and found Oregon fit his criteria for a potential landing spot.
“He said I could come in and play right now so that’s huge,” Hayes said. “As far as my recruitment goes that’s definitely one of the boxes that I definitely check off with every school.”
Hayes is looking forward to seeing a game at Autzen Stadium and meeting further with the coaching staff to learn more about where they see him fitting in.
“Everybody knows Oregon for their offense,” he said. “Honestly, when I go on visits I look schematically speaking at how well I’ll fit in. How well I can come in and make an immediate impact as a freshman.”
Hayes raved about his Notre Dame visit, setting a high mark for the other programs to aim for in the coming weeks. But Hayes is keeping an open mind until it’s time to make a decision.
“I’m just looking forward to getting down and seeing every school man,” he said.