Ohio State lands first 2011 commitment


Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes

Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff are off and running for
2011. Defensive end Kenny Hayes from Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer has
committed to Ohio State over a scholarship offer from Illinois.

Sept. 1 is the first day written scholarship offers can be extended
to juniors by rule of the NCAA.

However, Ohio State has gotten a jump on things by
landing a commitment from the No. 3 class of 2011 prospect in the state
of Ohio, defensive end Kenny Hayes from Toledo Whitmer.

The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Hayes found out he had a scholarship
offer from the Buckeyes and it didn’t take long for him to commit.

Hayes gave Jim Tressel the news Monday that he would like to
play for the Scarlet and Gray. He becomes the Buckeyes’ first 2011

Hayes has excellent size for a defensive end and is still growing.
He is very athletic and is an excellent pass rusher. He also had a
scholarship offer from Illinois before selecting his dream school, Ohio State.

Kurelic’s Comment: Hayes is one of two great defensive end prospects in the Ohio
class of 2011. Steve Miller from Canton McKinley is the other, and he
is expected to soon receive a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes as

Check out Hayes in action courtesy of our friends at ScoutingOhio.com:



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