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USC-bound Hayes back in Michigan, might be at Cass Tech

By: Scott Burnstein, September 30, 2014, 2:29 am

DETROIT – No more California dreaming for Daelin Hayes.

The four-star prep football recruit and USC-commit has returned to the state of Michigan after spending the past two months in the Los Angeles area enrolled at St. Bonaventure High School (Ventura, CA).

The last two years, the junior 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker-running back, attended Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Reports (unconfirmed) surfaced this week that Hayes may be at Detroit Cass Tech now. Photos of him purporting to be on the Cass Tech campus were emailed to a StateChamps Network reporter Tuesday morning.

News outlets in California have stated that the move back to Michigan is related to a parental custody issue. The "blogsphere" devoted to USC football is speculating that his commitment to the Trojans could be in jeopardy.

“Everything happens for a reason, you’ve got to trust and believe,” Hayes Tweeted over the weekend.

On Saturday, he was on the sideline at the Michigan-Minnesota football game in Ann Arbor.

"I’m back due to a custody battle between my parents, I hope everybody will respect my privacy in this situation," Hayes said in a text message Tuesday night.

Cass Tech is currently 5-0 and the No. 4 team in the state in Division 1 in the most-recent StateChamps rankings. The Technicians, who have advanced into the state championship game the past three years, winning the title in 2011 and 2012, are once again loaded with college recruits.

Busting onto the college recruiting scene last year with a series of head-turning appearances on the camp and combine circuit, Hayes missed most of his sophomore campaign at St. Mary’s due to injury. Starting in the offseason, he began getting major Division I scholarship offers. A dozen in all, including bids from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Following a visit to California in late July, Hayes committed to USC and decided to move to Los Angeles to be closer to his future collegiate home. St. Bonaventure is 2-3 entering Week 6 and quarterbacked by USC-commit Ricky Town, generally considered the No. 2-rated prep field general in the nation.