Notre Dame recruiting target Daelin Hayes decommits from USC

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

As the sordid details that led to USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian’s indefinite leave of absence spilled into social media Sunday night, a few members of Notre Dame’s 2016 recruiting class went to work.

Not that elite outside linebacker prospect Daelin Hayes wasn’t already having second thoughts of his own.

“At this time, my family and I feel it is in my best interest to de-commit from the University of Southern California and open up my recruiting process,” the 6-foot-3, 239-pounder tweeted on his Twitter account Sunday night.

“I’d like to thank the USC coaching staff for the opportunities that they have placed before me.”

Offensive line recruit Parker Boudreaux and safety commit D.J. Morgan were among future Irish players chiming in on Twitter about ND’s selling points to Hayes.

All of which adds another layer of intrigue to Hayes’ previously arranged official recruiting visit to Notre Dame this weekend for Saturday night’s USC game. He had previously taken an unofficial visit to ND for the Irish season opener against Texas on Sept. 5.

Hayes actually signed a financial aid agreement last month to attend USC, which is a binding agreement from the school’s standpoint but not from the student-athlete’s. But he never eliminated the Irish from the recruiting process.

And now?

There are recruiting analysts speculating the five-star prospect from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., could leave South Bend Sunday as the 16th — and most decorated player — in the class. Others wonder if he might expand his possibilities.

Wherever he ends up, the No. 13 recruit regardless of position — per Rivals.com — intends to enroll in January and participate in spring practice.

USC athletic director Pat Haden announced Sunday that Sarkisian would be replaced on an interim basis by offensive coordinator Clay Helton.

Elite outside linebacker prospect Daelin Hayes, here during a visit to Notre Dame, decommitted from USC on Sunday night and will take an official visit to ND this weekend. (SBT File Photo)