After an opening loss to Helix, Hayes and the Seraphs bounced back with a 42-0 road win against Cabrillo Friday night in Long Beach.
"You know there’s always room for improvement, it’s week two," Hayes said after the game. "Of course we got the shutout, that’s a good start but we still have a lot of work to do."
Over the summer Hayes transferred to St. Bonaventure from West Bloomfield (Mich). St. Mary's.
"It’s been great, the team welcomed me with open arms since the first day I got here," he said. "Coach Guerra is a great coach. I look forward to the future with the teammates and playing for Coach Guerra."
Before he made the move to the West Coast, Hayes had already committed to play for Steve Sarkisian at USC.
"Everything, from start to finish," Hayes said regarding why he wanted to be a Trojan. "I mean, you know USC – first of all, it was my first time being in California so I fell in love with California the first day I got here.
"Second, the coaching staff. Coach Sirmon – a very genuine guy. His coaching philosophy is what sold me. He said to me he’s not going to coach me to adjust to the system, he’s going to coach me to be a complete linebacker. Therefore, if we run a 3-4 at USC and I get drafted by a 4-3 team, I’ll be able to adjust to the scheme. I’ll be a complete linebacker and I’ll have the package that he’s instilled in me for 4 years plus, to take with me to the league."
St. Bonnie quarterback Ricky Town is also a Trojan commit and his influence on Hayes has been significant.
"I mean it's huge, I’m not even going to lie," Hayes said. "Actually, my mom already got a job out here so we were already looking to transfer out here. When I got here, Ricky was a real cool guy. Of course I didn’t know him, but he was a big time quarterback and great players want to play with great players.
"Of course we’re not there yet, but we’re always striving to be on the same mindset. We’re close; we’re going to USC together. We’re just close, we’re like brothers. So it’s like an older brother who’s been there and been through the recruiting process and knows the ins and outs and he’s like there to guide me and give me advice and things that I can look out for. That’s pretty much the biggest thing."
Hayes is being recruited as an outside linebacker who can rush the quarterback and play coverage in space. He got to see some of what that system would be like when the Trojans opened the season against Fresno State.
"The defense looked good," he said. "I’m mean the whole game, they blew those guys out. Of course that was expected and I expect a blow out tomorrow against Stanford. Fight on!"
While Hayes is only a junior, he still says the recruiting process is over for him.
"I mean, I’m not looking anymore. I’m married," Hayes said. "I’m married to USC, 'Fight On' you know? Of course schools have reached out to me, Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc., but when you’re in a marriage you don’t continue to flirt with other women. So, you know, I’m married to USC and not I’m not continuing my recruiting process, my recruiting process is done as far as I’m concerned."