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2014 DT Jay Hayes commits to Irish

Nov 7, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

Jay Hayes

The final spots in the 2013 recruiting class are all but filled. But Notre Dame picked up another important recruit in the 2014 class this morning, with Brooklyn defensive tackle Jay Hayes pledging his commitment to the Irish.

“He committed to Notre Dame this morning,” Poly Prep head coach Dino Mangiero told “He loves the school and the whole idea at Notre Dame. He knows he’s going to get a great education and a high level of football. He’s a smart kid and he has a very smart mom.”

At this point, the details on Hayes are fairly scant, but it’s hard not to like everything you read about the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive tackle from Poly Prep, a school that’s been kind to Notre Dame with alums Eric Olsen, JW Jordan, and Marcus Wilson all suiting up for the Irish.

If there’s an early position of need for the class of 2014, it is certainly defensive tackle. With Louis Nix, Kona Schwenke, and Tony Springmann the only defensive tackles on the roster right now (Schwenke and Springmann are converted defensive ends), adding another anchor to the middle of the defensive front is a necessity. With Hayes, an early recruit with reported offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Oregon, and Michigan, Notre Dame certainly seems to have found its perfect match.

Earlier this summer, caught up with Hayes, who expressed an early affinity for the Irish.

“It puts a smile on my face because I’ve grown up to be a Michigan fan and also I really love Notre Dame because Poly has really good connections with Notre Dame,” Hayes told MSGVarsity. “I’m a big fan of both of those programs. Academically they can get you many places.”

Hayes joins wide receiver Justin Brent and linebacker Greer Martini in the 2014 recruiting class.

  1. ndirish10 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Keith, Rivals has him listed as a 4 star OT.

    • bernhtp - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      He plays both ways but is increasingly developing a fondness for the defensive side of the ball.

      His size would enable him to play either at DT or DE in Diaco’s 3-4 scheme.

    • dudeacow - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      In high school, you play both sides of the ball.

      • ndirish10 - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Really? I did not know that (sarcasm). Only reason I mentioned the OT label is because Rivals tends to list you to by your offered position. Keith’s detailed blog led me to believe that he is all in on defense. Either way a great pick up. With continued ND success kid may actually keep his commitment 2 years from now.

      • dudeacow - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Oh, I understand what you mean. But about half of the recruiting sites list him as a DT, and he likes playing defense better than offense. Interestingly, he is a consensus top-10 prospect at his position, no matter what that position is.

    • georgegipp - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      I don’t think the Rivals’ rating is out yet on 2014 recruits. The “rating” listed on Rivals is crowd-sourced.

  2. mimefrog - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    As a Brooklyn native, I am proud of my borough’s contribution to ND football! Ishaq Williams is also from Brooklyn, right?

    6’5″ and 270 as a junior in high school!?!? What, is he maybe 17 max? HOLY MOLY … can you imagine this kid at 20 with a couple years working with Longo?!!?

    • stempke98 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Jay Hayes said that he reached out the Ishaq to get an opinion of the school, and after taking with Williams, he decided to commit without ever even visting.

  3. irishaggie - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Smart kid and has a smart mom. Those are the recruits we have to come up with. Nice work!!

  4. dudeacow - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    24/7 Sports gave him a composite ranking of 1st in NY, the 6th DT, and 81st player in the nation.

  5. papadec - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I grew up in Queens and had several friends that went to Brooklyn Poly – back then (late ’50s – early ’60s it was mostly a pre-engineering prep school. It doesn’t matter whether he’s a D-line or O-line player in HS, the ND coaches will find the right position for him @ ND. They keep finding multi-position gems, and recruiting them. Good for Jay & his mother to see an athletic & academic future for him @ ND.

  6. txirish2 - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Awesome! I think this year has showed us that a great defensive line goes a looooooong way. Congratulations to Jay!

  7. nateprez4irish - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I’m starting to worry that Diaco, Alford, and Longo won’t be around long after this years and hopefully next year’s success. I know there is always talent to be had at a place like ND but this staff seems to ‘gel’. The previous post even mentions Diaco as a HC candidate BC would like to look at. Not sure whether he is interested or not. I’m sure NC can pay assistants quite a bit if they want. Any insight into the tenures of these coaches in South Bend?

    • stempke98 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Alford was offered the Packers’ RB coach job and turned it down because he like the recruiting and teaching aspects of the college game.

  8. kansasirish - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Longo isn’t going anywhere….he’s been with BK for years and ND is the top of the line unless he would jump to the NFL.

    When you have sucess like this Diaco and Alford will always come up possible head coach’s.

    Hopefully we can pay them and they’ll stick around for at least 2 more years!!!

  9. fitz79 - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Let the good times roll Irish fans!

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