Kaleb Hayes is an Oregon State defensive back transfer, committing to BYU back in January.
@King_Hayes001 committed to BYU back in January. Despite making a verbal pledge to BYU, Hayes kept the news off of social media. With his permission, I’m excited to share my interview with BYU commit Kaleb Hayes.https://t.co/SBwAaVbCah— Casey Lundquist (@casey_lundquist) April 15, 2021
Hayes is a 5-foot-11 195 pound defensive back. At Oregon State he played in 17 games from 2018 to 2019 with most of his production coming his redshirt freshman year (2018). That season he played in all 12 games and made eight starts. He finished the season with 44 tackles (30 solo), two quarterback hurries, and eight pass breakups (ESPN). According to Pro Football, during that season Hayes had the lowest catch rate allowed of any returning PAC-12 cornerbacks at 45.7%.
Among returning Pac-12 CBs, Kaleb Hayes allowed the lowest catch rate in coverage last season. He also broke up 8 passes and limited receivers to 88 yards after the catch. pic.twitter.com/bmHZg2qJr2— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 1, 2019
Unfortunately, during his sophomore season he was hampered by injuries and only appeared in two games. He did not play for Oregon state last season and entered the transfer portal on January 4, 2021.
Hayes prepped at San Gorgonio High School (San Bernadino, California) where he played quarterback, running back, and defensive back. As a senior he completed 117-of-227 passes (.515) for 2097 yards and 17 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He rushed 168 times for 1430 yards and another 18 touchdowns. On defense he had eight tackles (three solo) with two passes defended. In his junior season he accounted for 2222 total yards and 29 touchdowns (MaxPreps). He led San Gorgonio to its first state title in 2016 and was selected to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic. He was also the 2015 San Andreas League offensive MVP.
In high school Hayes was rated 3-stars by 247Sports (0.8234). Hayes committed to Oregon State but also had scholarship offers from BYU, Cal Poly, and Fresno State (Rivals). Hayes has two years of eligibility left to play at BYU.
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