After initially committing to Oklahoma on April 15, Notre Dame graduate transfer defensive end Jay Hayes has surprisingly backed off his Sooners commitment.
Hayes instead announced on Wednesday that he will suit up for the Georgia Bulldogs next season. The move leaves Oklahoma down a defensive end, as Hayes figured to be an important contributor for the Sooners in 2018.
This is it! In a month I’ll be heading down to Athens to play for the Georgia Bulldogs. Go DAWGS! 🔴⚫️🐶⛓👊🏾
— Jay Hayes (@JayHayesNY) April 25, 2018
Hayes started all 13 games for the Fighting Irish in 2017, recording 27 total tackles, one sack and 3½ tackles for loss. In April, he announced his intention to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma jumped on Hayes’ recruitment, and the 6-foot-3, 289-pounder declared his commitment to the Sooners over their spring game weekend.
Hayes looked to be in the starting mix with both of Oklahoma’s starting defensive ends from last year graduating. However, Hayes started to drop hints that his commitment to Oklahoma wasn’t as solid as it originally seemed.
UGASports.com’s Jake Reuse reported on Monday that Hayes had scrubbed his Twitter profile of all mentions to Oklahoma, including his commitment Tweet, after visiting Georgia’s spring game over the weekend. He also canceled a planned visit to Alabama.
All told, Hayes was only committed to the Sooners for 10 days. He’ll head to Athens, Ga., this summer while Oklahoma is out a defensive lineman. With spring practice in the books, Riley is once again back in the market for defensive line depth.