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Daelin Hayes signs early enrollment paperwork with USC

Last week, Daelin Hayes signed early enrollment paperwork with USC, which is non-binding financial aid paperwork for mid-year graduate eligible recruits.

Ann Arbor (Mich.) four-star linebacker Daelin Hayes made an abrupt unofficial trip to the Left Coast two weeks ago and came away with second thoughts of living anywhere else the next four years.

Hayes, who signed financial aid paperwork with USC for his impending early enrollment was in Southern California with his mother.

“My mom had a trip set out to Las Vegas, and she wasn’t getting back until that following Wednesday,” said Hayes. “I decided to go with her when I looked it up and saw USC was only three or four hours away.

“We just decided to make the drive and check in with the coaches. It was just great getting back. The coaching staff and I have developed a good relationship over the past two years of me being committed.

“And getting back to California, man, I’m in love with California. It always fun to get back there and talk with the head coach. I even sat down with Pat Haden for a while this time, so it was a great experience.”

Having been committed to USC since he was 15-years old, Hayes is not an average out-of-state pledge for the Trojans. Having already been announced as an early entrant by the university and head coach Steve Sarkisian last week, Hayes shows no sign of wavering from attending USC next January.

“As far as my commitment goes, it’s a wrap,” said Hayes. “It’s pretty much a wrap as far as the process goes. I came home one night after going over the paperwork with my counselor and talked it over with my mom.

“She felt comfortable with my decision, and now that enrollment is getting closer and closer, it’s getting real. That visit definitely made her feel more comfortable with USC. My mom is on board, I’m on board and now I look forward to being on campus.”

Hayes had scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame for Oct. 17, when the Trojans also visit South Bend to play the Fighting Irish. That trip is now in limbo.

“I have no idea about that visit,” said Hayes. “The Notre Dame coaches are still hitting me up a lot since I signed the papers, so I don’t know how that’s going to play out.

“I have to talk to my mom about it all and see how she feels about it. As of right now, I’m just focused on USC.”

Hayes is also focused on getting healthy after injuring his shoulder two weeks ago in a tough loss to Saline. As reported first by the Detroit Free Press, the injury sidelined him late in the first quarter. Hayes had no timetable for his return to the field.

Of course, Hayes visit to USC was sandwiched between the Trojans' loss to Stanford and their recent win over Arizona State.

“Watching those games, I was just thinking of my being out there playing my position,” said Hayes. “The wins and losses are huge because it kind of determines the coaching staff that will be there when I get there, but I’m not watching the game like that.

“I want them to win every game, but I really watch picturing myself doing my job.”

USC’s win Saturday over Arizona State wasn’t as important as how the Trojans played after a tough loss.

“Really, they had a bad week and it was all about how they were going to rebound,” said Hayes. “They definitely did that.”

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