Former Notre Dame DE Jay Hayes commits to Oklahoma

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Former Notre Dame defensive end, Jay Hayes, who announced plans to leave the Irish on April 6, has committed to play his fifth year at Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-4, 289-pound senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., shared the news Sunday on Twitter following an official visit with the Sooners.

"Officially an Oklahoma Sooner! #TakeOver #BoomerSooner," Hayes tweeted.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley retweeted Hayes' tweet.

Hayes totaled 39 tackles, four tackles for a loss and one sack in his 26 career games with the Irish. He played in all 13 games last season and would have likely been a contributor again in 2018 had he decided to stay.

When Hayes gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame in 2012, former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco was recruiting him for Notre Dame. Diaco recently joined Oklahoma's staff as a defensive analyst. Former Irish defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks serves as Oklahoma's assistant defensive coordinator.

If Hayes graduates in May, he will be immediately eligible to play for the Sooners in the fall.

Officially an Oklahoma Sooner! #TakeOver#BoomerSooner

— Jay Hayes (@JayHayesNY) April 15, 2018

Can’t wait to check out Oklahoma this weekend for my official visit! S/o to all the OU fans.

— Jay Hayes (@JayHayesNY) April 10, 2018

Notre Dame’s Jay Hayes (93) closes in on Temple’s Logan Marchi (12) during the Notre Dame-Temple NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN