Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian has gotten his first verbal commitment in the 2016 USC football recruiting class, in the form of four-star outside linebacker Daelin Hayes.
— ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) July 26, 2014
Hayes a 6-foot-3, 227 pounder, is a product out of St. Mary’s Prep in Orchard Lake, Mich., which would make him the first Trojan football Michigander since current Green Bay Packers hybrid linebacker and defensive end Nick Perry.
Sarkisian got the commitment just after Hayes was on an unofficial visit this week, accompanied with his family.
Going into his junior football season, Hayes has offers from several top schools, including Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Notre Dame. 247Sports has him pegged as a four-star recruit at 53rd in their Top 247 list, and the No. 6 outside linebacker in the 2016 class.
Should Hayes sign at USC as now planned in 2016, it would satisfy a need at linebacker, as the current underclassmen like Scott Starr, Jabari Ruffin and Michigan Hutchings would be seniors.
Currently, with the 2015 and 2016 class combined, the Trojans have 12 commitments pledged to future classes. With Hayes now in the mix for 2016, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes before he gets a classmate.