Earlier today Daelin Hayes became Notre Dame’s 19th, and highest rated, commitment in the class of 2016 when he selected the Irish over both Ohio State and Michigan State. While his selection wasn’t overly surprising, the method in which he made his commitment was unique to say the least. Actually, it was down right awesome.
Hayes made his announcement via a professionally produced, Dark Knight inspired video that looks straight out of Hollywood. Check for yourself.
Four star LB Daelin Hayes dashes through Detroit to pick his school, 'Dark Knight' Stylehttps://t.co/rIjvj9HERQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 10, 2015
Now, I am sure there are some in the old guard who will roll their eyes and talk about how “that’s not how they did it in my day” or say “what’s wrong with just committing and not making a spectacle?” Those people can get over themselves. This was pretty awesome and is a recruiting super tool for Brian Kelly and his staff as they look to close out the class of 2016 strong.
When Brian Kelly walks into a living room, he can play this video and say, “oh, did you see how our latest 5-star linebacker committed to Notre Dame? Let me show you.” Then he can play a video of Hayes turning down playoff bound Michigan State on top of Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl opponent Ohio State in a professionally produced video that to quote from friend of mine “gave them chills.”
So roll your eyes all you want if this video bothered you, but Hayes commitment video is a hell of a recruiting tool for Kelly and company on the recruiting trail.
Oh yeah, that tweet above has been shared over 2,000 times and liked another 3,000+ times so the video is going viral and giving Notre Dame lots and lots of positive publicity.