Earlier this month it was reported that former Ohio State defensive lineman Kenny Hayes would be continuing his collegiate playing career at another Big Ten school.
Apparently, and for whatever reason, that won’t be the case after all.
The Toledo Blade is reporting that the former Toledo high school football player has decided to transfer to, you guessed it, Toledo. Hayes had previously been slated for a transfer to Michigan State according to various media outlets.
The move, which has not been confirmed by first-year head coach Matt Campbell or the school, comes as somewhat of a surprise as Hayes appeared to be a lock for the Spartans. Nearly two weeks ago, 247Sports.com wrote that Hayes “received a locker during his visit and will return to East Lansing when MSU classes begin later this month.”
The defensive end will instead, reportedly, begin practicing with his new Rockets teammates shortly, the Blade notes, although he will not be eligible to play in 2012. After sitting out the NCAA’s transfer year, Hayes will have three years of eligibility remaining.
A four-star member of OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, Hayes was rated as the No. 7 strongside end in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Ohio. He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
Hayes announced his decision to leave the Buckeyes in early August.