Ann Arbor Skyline’s Daelin Hayes is the No. 1 recruit according to Rivals.com in the state of Michigan for the class of 2016. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound prospect recently re-opened his recruitment after
he decided to de-commit from the Southern California
. Michigan State is one of the schools that is now under consideration.
Hayes tweeted out on Wednesday night that he plans on taking five official visits prior to enrolling early for college in January. The teams he will officially visit include Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and LSU. He will be in East Lansing the weekend of Nov. 14 when the Spartans host Maryland.
Hayes’ recruitment is sure to be one of the most talked about in the nation over the coming weeks. With five official visits to powerhouse programs from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, there will certainly be plenty of interest. The Spartans are hoping that Hayes will opt to stay close to home and like the family atmosphere that Mark Dantonio has fostered in East Lansing.
Hayes has over 40 scholarships in total. He is rated the No. 13 prospect in the entire nation and the No. 3 outside linebacker. Many believe that he will ultimately end up playing the role of an edge pass rush specialist because of his size and speed. Hayes has also shown in camps that he can play offense as well. He was a mismatch for just about anyone who tried to cover him this past spring.
Ohio standout de-commits from Buckeyes
For weeks now there has been speculation that Hubbard (Ohio)’s George Hill would eventually de-commit from Ohio State. On Wednesday night that speculation came to fruition. The four-star recruit has decided to re-open his recruitment and MSU is one of the schools that will get serious consideration.
Hill has actually been in East Lansing twice this fall. His visits were not necessarily for recruiting as he is friends with current Spartan running back L.J. Scott. Hill and Scott were a lethal combination of speed and power last year for Hubbard, combining for close to 4,000 yards of total offense and leading the team to a 12-1 record.
The 6-0, 185-pound Hill is rated the No. 12 athlete in the nation and the No. 209 prospect overall for the class of 2016. Other schools that are viewed as possible strong contenders for his services include Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Hill would be an excellent addition to MSU’s class of 2016 as he has the versatility to play multiple positions at the next level. Hill has starred mainly at running the back for Hubbard, amassing over 3,000 career yards and 10 yards per carry average. However, he also has excellent hands as a receiver and can play defense as well. His skill set is probably most similar to Spartan wide receiver and return man RJ Shelton. If he ends up in East Lansing I would look for the staff to find creative ways to get the ball in his hands.
The Spartans do not have a lot of spots left for the class of 2016, but players like Hayes and Hill are special talents that the staff would certainly find room for.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.