Daelin Hayes, the state’s top-ranked football player in the class of 2016, is on the move again.
Hayes, who committed to Southern California last summer, has left Detroit Cass Tech and is now enrolled at Ann Arbor Skyline, his fourth high school.
“All I know is that it was something with a family situation and he fell in our lap,” said Skyline coach Chanterius Brock. “It was just one of those things. I was taught as a kid you don’t necessarily look a gift horse in the mouth. The kid just showed up and the family wanted him here and he we go.”
A 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker, Hayes attended Orchard Lake St. Mary’s for his first two years of high school, but played in only one varsity game and was injured in the opening game of his sophomore year.
Last summer he moved to California and played about half the season for Ventura St. Bonaventure before moving back to the Detroit area and enrolling at Cass Tech, where he was ineligible.
Now he is at Skyline, which was 0-9 last season, Brock’s first year as head coach. Brock said he had no idea Hayes planned to transfer to Skyline, and said he had no contact with the family before Hayes transferred to Skyline.
“All I was privy to, in terms of the family, is that the situation at home changed where it was not feasible for him to go to Cass Tech,” Brock said. “The kid has his offers, he’s going to school, everything is secure. He’s really a firm and mature kid, in my estimation, in a lot ways. Skyline is a very high academic high school and that’s important, too, to the family and that’s how it worked out.”
Brock said he will spend the upcoming months figuring out a place to play Hayes on offense as well as at linebacker.
“That’s still yet to be determined,” Brock said. “I think he’s the type of talent that could play anywhere, so we’ll figure that thing out as we get to see him run around and move around a little bit more. He’ll help us somewhere else.
“It’s high school football. Your best players have to line up at a couple different places.”
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