Amidst reports that USC freshman quarterback Ricky Town requested a transfer Sunday, his former teammate Daelin Hayes opined on whether the news impacted his current commitment to the Trojans.
Hayes played at St. Bonaventure with Town before he moved back to Ann
Arbor (Mich.) as a junior.
“I just saw it about five minutes ago,” said laughed Hayes. “I haven’t
talked to Ricky yet, but as far as my commitment goes, Ricky Town is
Ricky Town and I am who I am.
“My commitment is my commitment. Does this say things one way or
another? No, not really. It’s sad to hear because it’s a guy I built up
a relationship with over the last year or so.
“But at the end of the day, I committed to USC because it was the best
fit for me. I committed because I feel like I’m going to be put in the
best position to play as a freshman and dominate.
“Ricky and I are in different worlds position wise and coaching. I’m a
linebacker rushing and he’s on offense playing quarterback, so in that
respect it doesn’t affect me.”
Hayes, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound four-star linebacker committed to USC back
when he lived in Ventura (Calif.). As of now, that commitment remains
strong and Hayes was one of five Trojans commits playing for Team
Lunarbeast at The Opening Finals in Beaverton (Ore.) last July.
For a rush end linebacker, Hayes was forced to work on his weaknesses
at the event.
“It was an amazing experience and it really forces you to step you game
up,” said Hayes. “You’re in open space with guys like Jack Jone and
Melquise Stovall — little 4.3 type guys that cut up the field.
“Day one up there, we were just a bunch of talent kids kind of all
doing our own thing. We made plays but didn’t win games. As a defense
we only gave up 21 points, but the offense wasn’t clicking.
“Day two, I don’t know what happened, but we went 4-1 and won the
Hayes first game this season will be Aug. 27 at Glenn High School.
Having not played more than handful of games in two years because of
injuries and his transfer, Hayes is chomping at the bit to get back on
“I feel like The opening sort of over-prepares you as a linebacker for
the season,” said Hayes. “You’re playing in space and you know the
receiver won’t have time to run those routes.
“You’re running a corner out of the backfield as a running back? Who
are your offensive linemen giving you that much time? But it’s cool
when you still make plays under those circumstances.
“When I came back home from The Opening and started competing,
everything was moving in slow motion. That experience was a fantastic
one and I had fun competing with my future teammates.”
Daelin Hayes talks Town
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