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Running back Justice Hayes commits to Irish

Jul 30, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

The Irish added the thirteenth member of their 2011 recruiting class when Michigan running back Justice Hayes committed to the Irish this morning at a press conference at Grand Blanc High School.

ISD has the quote of record:

“The first thing that was on my mind going into the recruiting process, is I wanted to go to a school that has high academic standards, and Notre Dame fits that,” the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hayes told Irish Sports Daily on Wednesday night. “That was the first thing, and everything else fell into place.

“The exposure, Notre Dame has crazy exposure. They’re on national television every Saturday. Notre Dame is a big-time program. When I went down to visit, both times I loved it. I talked to coach (Brian) Kelly a couple times, and felt the love from the coaching staff. I talked to the players and I loved that. All of them were down-to-earth guys, all about being successful in life.

“All that mixed together was a Justice Hayes wonderland.”

Hayes chose the Irish over the in-state Spartans and Wolverines who were both pursuing the running back, as well as Iowa, Tennessee and a handful of other schools.

Hayes is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and a top-five prospect in the state of Michigan. He won’t wow you with his size by any means, but he should be a weapon out of the backfield catching passes. (Just ask him.)

“It’s safe to say I have the best hands in high school. I actually put
that on Facebook that I have a great pair of hands,” Hayes said. “I can do a
lot of things with my body too and that’s going to help me out when I
step on campus.”

Hayes seems to have a little Golden Tate in him with his free-flowing nature and skill-set that could have him catching passes for the Irish as well. I think it’s safe to say that if Hayes puts together a career like Tate did, everybody will be happy.

More to come on what’s turning out to be a very important recruiting week for the Irish…

  1. BrianM - Jul 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Awesome! This is a fantastic pickup for Kelly and the Irish. I’m really looking forward to seeing Hayes on the field, whether it’s in a rotating backfield or on kick return duty or catching passes or whatever. If he succeeds in improving his strength and speed like he’s working on, and I’m sure he can, we could have a really, really solid backfield even after Allen and Hughes leave the school.
    Now hopefully the hoopla surrounding Hayes’ commitment will positively influence Aaron Lynch’s considerations. Getting a commit from Lynch and Hayes in the same week would be absolutely amazing.

  2. RollingAmbition - Jul 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; what matters is the size of the fight in the dog.” Or, in this case, the size of the Fighting Irish in the back.
    It’ll be interesting to watch how this back fits into Coach Kelly’s spread offense.

  3. piratey - Jul 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM
    Anthony Rabasa, DE from Florida seems to have committed to ND.
    I expect Aaron Lynch(4-star DE, top 100 recruit) to sign this weekend. So does Tom Leeming…
    Now if we sign either Kasen Williams or George Farmer, I would call this class

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