For his last, expected college visit of the summer, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 2016 linebacker Daelin Hayes is headed to the West Coast to check out USC.
"I am going to be out in California from Wednesday to Sunday," Hayes reported. "I have never been in California, but there is a lot to do I hear. I think I will be (on campus) two or three days. Friday is the actual visit when we talk with the coaches and get the educational piece."
USC is the only college Hayes plans to visit while in California. He has been communicating with offensive coordinator Clay Helton for the last month.
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"It's funny how schools compare you to a guy from your area, and with USC it is Nick Perry who came from Detroit King," Hayes said. "I believe they run a 30-front, so I believe I would be a stand-up outside linebacker.
"Coach Helton is the offensive coordinator so at first they were recruiting me at running back because all the film they have of my sophomore year is at running back. Then, they saw the past Rivals videos and were talking with one of my coaches."
Hayes will be traveling to California with one of his coaches as well as class of 2015 four-star running back Mike Weber from Detroit Cass Tech. He is excited to experience what southern California has to offer.
"It's a whole different culture, whole different lifestyle and a lot of different exposure to things, especially being in Los Angeles," Hayes said. "It just seems like there is a lot of connections out in that area for anything you want to do. I haven't necessarily narrowed down what I want to major in yet, but it is really intriguing."
A visit to Florida had been planned when Hayes was in the Sunshine State for the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge earlier this month, but the two parties were not able to work out a time for him to stop by campus. The USC trip is expected to be the last before he kicks off his junior season.
"That's not really my focus anymore," Hayes said. "This one was really my big one, and I didn't know I was even going to go on the trip until last week."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Hayes holds a dozen offers, and said he has recently been hearing more from the Oklahoma Sooners.