Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco on the field prior to the 2013 BCS Championship game Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment Jay Hayes


One of the four commitments for the 2014 recruiting class Jay Hayes picked Notre Dame very early in the recruiting process. To put it in perspective he committed before he stepped foot onto Notre Dame’s campus. Coach Diaco did most of the recruiting on Jay and that is because he wants him to play defensive tackle and end for him in the near future. Many high school recruits play both ways before college, but when they get to college it is one or the other. Hayes won’t play both ways, but he is not only known for his defense, but his blocking skills as well on the offensive line. With 5 recruits from 2013 and 1 from 2014 slated to play offensive line and the fact Coach Diaco really like this guy on the defensive side of the ball Hayes will probably end up on defense. Things can and will change, but it is nice to know that Jay has versatility. With many high school recruits it is clear what side of the ball they are better on, but Hayes is very good on both sides and it will come down to where he is needed when he comes to Notre Dame.

 

Standing at 6’5’’ 270 pounds Jay Hayes is one of the highly recruited offensive/defensive linemen in the 2014 class, 247sports.com rates him as a 4 star defensive tackle or offensive guard. I couldn’t find any kind of film on this guy, but saw some camp highlight were he would go one on one with another lineman with no pads. His footwork and initial steps are textbook and he always keeps his feet moving while pass blocking. Defensively he has great hands and quick feet to get off blocks and can easily hold an offensive lineman with his big frame. Look for more updates on this recruit as the year goes on.

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