Daelin Hayes, the 6’4″ 250-pound linebacker out of Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, broke some hearts when he looked past the Michigan Wolverines and declared his intent in July to take his massive talent to USC. It was a recruiting coup for USC coach Steve Sarkisian. But Sarkisian’s luck has run out after he allegedly showed up intoxicated to yet another USC obligation and has taken a leave of absence from the team. Hayes committed to play for Sarkisian, and with Sarkisian’s future at USC unknown, the sought-after star reopened up his recruitment possibilities.
Hayes had offers from all the top schools, from Notre Dame (this weekend’s USC opponent) to Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Wisconsin, Penn State and more. If Hayes was swayed by the Southern California climate as much as Steve Sarkisian’s strategy, he could return to the offer he received from UCLA also. But a lot has happened in his hometown since July, with the University of Michigan resurgent under head coach Jim Harbaugh. The 5-1 Wolverines are exceeding even the expectations that Harbaugh’s return brought. Michigan entered the national rankings this week for the first time since 2013 — at No. 12. Suddenly it’s a Michigan program that could appeal to a hometown boy like Daelin Hayes.
— ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) October 11, 2015