A few weeks ago when outside linebacker Daelin Hayes accepted his honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he spoke in glowing terms about his plans to enroll early at Southern California and learn the playbook to make an impact next fall.
He said at the time that he had already signed his financial aid agreement with the Trojans.
Sunday night, he announced on Twitter that he was reopening his recruitment, saying that he and his family felt it was in his “best interest to de-commit from the University of Southern California.
In his announcement, Hayes from Skyline High in Ann Arbor, Mich., did not make reference to USC coach Steve Sarkisian’s leave of absence that was announced earlier in the day. USC athletic director Pat Haden said he told Sarkisian to take a leave when it was “clear to me that he was not healthy.”
Hayes is ranked as the No. 9 player at his position and the No. 2 player in the state of Michigan by the 247Sports Composite.
He chose USC over Notre Dame when he made his initial selection in July and had shaved the USC logo into his head when he played at Nike’s The Opening in July. Among his other offers when he chose USC were Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State and others.
Plans were for him to wear No. 55 at USC, the number worn by Junior Seau.
Minus Hayes, USC has 15 players committed for the Class of 2016, a group that was ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the Pac-12 by 247 Sports.
When asked about USC and his plans to enroll early after his Army jersey presentation, Hayes told USA TODAY Sports, “I’m pretty cool with the lot of the players there, so that should help with the transition. When you’re confident with a system, it really helps and that’s my logic behind early enrollment. Getting in and working within the playbook and learning in the offseason. That way, by the time fall comes around, it will be instinct instead of trying to pick up a new playbook on the fly.”