Hello: Justice Hayes?!

Submitted by Brian on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:16 PM

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So this is a deeply bizarre thing: The Wolverine is reporting that Grand Blanc RB Justice Hayes has seen the snake oil and committed to Michigan just a couple days after dropping his ND commit.

I'm all UFRing this Wisconsin debacle and Tim is away from the computer tonight so the full "Hello: Recruit" post will have to wait for tomorrow morning but in brief, Hayes is a highly-touted RB in the same mold as Demetrius Hart, the #84 overall player to Rivals and #3 "all purpose back"—Hart is #1. ESPN has him a 4-star 79 and #22 running back. Scout has him a 4-star, the #14 running back and #118 overall player.

Literally everyone reading this post is thinking "can he play corner?" He's 5'10", so hypothetically, but everyone ranks him as a tailback and ESPN's evaluation doesn't mention defense at all, so even if he ends up switching it will be after a while. Hopefully by that point the secondary won't be Kosovo in pads.

Michigan was looking for a second RB in this class but people thought it would be Thomas Rawls, not Hayes. Michigan appears to have picked up a duplicate of a player they've already got but both guys are widely praised for their receiving talents and could bounce back and forth—this commit likely ends any thought Michigan will pick up a slot in this class.

More tomorrow from Tim.

Comments

UMAmaizinBlue

November 22nd, 2010 at 10:24 PM ^

The Tweets are blowing up with many "confirmations" of Justice saying "Imma Wolverine", but I'm no expert, so whatever. 

 

Now, my initial response:

 

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! GO BLUE!

Also:

 

eth2

November 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 PM ^

OTOH, my mother-in-law seemed confused and probably a bit ticked when I lost my cool earlier today when I saw the news about Sammy Watkins.

"Oh my goodness, what happened? Is Sammy a friend of yours?".

"(suddenly feeling regret) No, he's a really, really great player that Michigan could have used. AWWH!! Clemson!? Really?"

"Oh. Did Michigan win yesterday?"

It's really too bad she couldn't have witnessed my maniacal grin after the Hello Justice post. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

WalterMitty

November 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 PM ^

Welcome Justice! You are going to be a fantastic Wolverine. A great decision that will pay dividends for the rest of your life. On a slightly less important note, you have made my day!

tmurda1234

November 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 PM ^

Michigan appears to have picked up a duplicate of a player they've already got but both guys are widely praised for their receiving talents and could bounce back and forth

RR rotates backs in and out to keep them fresh.  A Justice and Dee rotation will be deadly!