Under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, the Southern Cal Trojans finished with a strong recruiting class in 2014. The Trojans signed 19 players, headlined by a pair of 5-Star prospects, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and athlete John Smith. They also had six early enrollees, key for a program that lacks depth because of their probation issues. Their class is ranked 10th nationally and first in the Pac-12 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
The Trojans look well on their way to another elite class in 2015 as well. They currently have 12 commitments. Their class is ranked 13th nationally and first in the Pac-12. They have a pair of 5-Star commitments in the nation’s number two pro style quarterback, Ricky Town, and the country’s third-ranked offensive tackle, Chuma Edoga. In total, they have six commitments ranked among the top 255 prospects in the country.
Over the weekend, the Trojans landed their first commitment in the class of 2016 when 4-Star outside linebacker Daelin Hayes gave his pledge to the Trojans.
“Everything from start to finish was hands down amazing,” Hayes told 247Sports. “USC is the perfect fit for me as a student, as a player and as a person.
“Great academics, great football, great people. Fight on!”
The 6’3, 225-pounder is an impressive get because he is from the state of Michigan. He attends St. Mary’s High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is ranked as the country’s fifth-best outside linebacker prospect, the second-best overall prospect in the state of Michigan and the 100th-best overall prospect in the class of 2016 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Hayes also holds offers from the two in-state powers, the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans as well as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions, among others.