Recruiting & Scouting

Daelin Hayes leaves Cass Tech, transfers to Ann Arbor Skyline

Football   | Scott Burnstein

Daelin Hayes leaves Cass Tech, transfers to Ann Arbor Skyline




Ann Arbor – The No. 1 football player in the class of 2016 is going on to high school No. 4.

Daelin Hayes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker and tailback who committed to Southern California, left Detroit Cass Tech and enrolled at Ann Arbor Skyline this week. The transfer has been confirmed by members of the Skyline football program.

Considered a 4-star recruit by most scouting services, Hayes is committed to USC as a linebacker.

He started his prep career in the Catholic League at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s as a freshman and sophomore, only playing a single game on varsity due to an injury suffered in the Eaglets’ 2013 season opener.

Hayes left the state last summer, moved to the Los Angeles area and played half the 2014 campaign at St. Bonaventure in Ventura. While in California, Hayes was living with fellow USC-commit Ricky Town, St. Bonaventure’s quarterback. In October, he moved back to Metro Detroit as a result of a custody battle and began attending classes at Cass Tech.

Skyline was 0-9 this past fall. Former St. Clair Shores South Lake coach Chanterius Brock recently accepted the coaching job at Skyline, where retired NFL wide receiver Andre Rison (Flint Northwestern, Michigan State) is the offensive coordinator.

Hayes is the second high-tier Division I college recruit to leave Cass Tech since the 2014 season ended. Defensive back Lavert Hill, one of the top prospects at his position for the Class 2016, transferred to Detroit King.

In addition to USC, Hayes has received scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State and Boston College, among others.

The school switches haven’t affected the way college coaches view him as a prospect.

“It doesn’t seem that colleges are that concerned, all the movement hasn’t stopped him from getting offers,” Allen Trieu of said.

Trieu sees a bright future for Hayes as a college football player.

“There’s no question he’s immensely talented,” Trieu said. “He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s a smart kid and he works extremely hard.”

The fact that he’s only played a half-dozen varsity games at the prep level makes him even more intriguing.

“People knock him because he hasn’t played a lot of varsity football, but I don’t think a lot of that was under his control,” Trieu said. “I think he’ll have to have a big senior year to answer some of those questions, but there is no doubting his physical attributes and the intangibles he brings to the table.”