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November 7, 2012
More wins are starting to mean more momentum for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail.
On the heels of nabbing a commitment from Rivals250 cornerback Cole Luke and shoring up its standing with Rivals100 inside linebacker Alex Anzalone, the Irish have struck for a third time in the Class of 2014 by landing a pledge from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep defensive lineman Jay Hayes.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect confirmed the news to Irish Illustrated in a text message.
Hayes declined scholarship offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.
“I’m looking for a place that will get me exposure,” Hayes told Irish Illustrated over the summer. “The thing about Notre Dame, they have a contract with NBC. They’re on TV every home game. That’s a blessing. I think that would be a great place but I haven’t visited yet so I don’t know if that’s the perfect place for me.”
Notre Dame has had success recruiting Poly Prep in the past in the form of offensive lineman Eric Olsen, a former four-star prospect. Olsen now plays for the New Orleans Saints.