It was this past Saturday that the Michigan Wolverines decided to offer sophomore linebacker and running back Daelin Hayes from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School (Mich.) and to say he was excited about the offer was an understatement.
“This was the offer I was waiting on.” Hayes said. “Michigan’s reputation speaks for itself. On the football field, Michigan has a rich tradition that is about discipline, hard work and winning. Academically, they allow me to pursue and gain a great education and earn my degree and there is no doubt that a degree from Michigan will carry me far once I am done with my career on the field. It’s because of those things, that I value this offer and the school as a whole.”
According to Hayes, he wasn’t the only one who was excited about his recent offer from Michigan, his mother and cousin Justice Hayes, who is a red-shirt junior running back for the Michigan Wolverines were also very happy for him.
“When coach Hoke first told me and my mom that he was officially offering me a scholarship, my mom was so excited that she hugged coach Hoke.” Hayes replied. “My cousin Justice, was also very excited for me, especially since he knows that I have worked hard for this offer. Although he is my cousin and plays for Michigan, he doesn’t pressure me into committing there, he continues to give me great advice and most importantly, he encourages me to take my time with my decision and make the best decision for me when the times comes to commit to a school.”
While Hayes states that he happy about his latest offer from Michigan, he also made it very clear that he isn’t in a rush to commit any time soon.
“I definitely feel at home when I am at Michigan and my mom loves Michigan just as much as I do.” Hayes said. “However, right now, I am in no rush to commit, I am enjoying the recruiting process and letting nature takes it course.”
The recruiting process certainly has taken its own course for Hayes, seeing that he has already racked up offers from Tennessee, Michigan State, and now Michigan. While Hayes says he is excited and humbled about those offers, his main focus is on becoming a better football player and overall better linebacker.
“I am always focused on becoming a better football player.” Hayes replied. “Right now, my main focus is on becoming a better linebacker. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, I won’t be playing running back in college, I will be playing linebacker, so I am starting to focus on becoming a better linebacker and to become a better linebacker I must continue getting stronger and faster. “
While Hayes is working on becoming a better linebacker and overall better football player, he will also be taking some visits to some more Big Ten Schools in the next few weeks.
“At this point, its strong possibility that I will be visiting Michigan State this weekend.” Hayes said. “Then on April 12th, I will be attending the Penn State spring game.”
One thing is for sure, with two more years of high school football ahead of him, Hayes can definitely expect plenty of more offers and we can definitely expect to hear his name more often, as he continues his high school career and overall recruiting process.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit