Probably the best story to come from Pitt junior day was the offer to a local star.
Westinghouse 2020 DE/LB/TE Dayon Hayes (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) was one of the many local players that spent the day with the Pitt coaches and when it was over, he had his first Power Five offer. Hayes was just happy to be invited and didn’t expect to get the news of an offer from Pat Narduzzi.
“I had no idea it was coming,” Hayes told Pittsburgh Sports Now on Sunday morning. “They asked me to attend and that the coaching staff really wanted to meet me. When I got there, I was happy with the reaction I got from then and I was really talking to everyone of the coaches. That’s when I got a feeling something could be coming but they never said anything.
“I was walking down the stairs after one of the meetings about school. As I walked down, Coach Narduzzi he was at the door and I was walking past him. He then pulled me into a room off to the side and told me that they were going to offer me. He said that they really like my personality a lot. He told me that I was a great player, a great person and someone that we believe will fit our scheme very well. He then said we like you as much as a person as we do as a player and I really took that to heart because that’s real deep.”
— DayonHayes (@HayesDayon) November 15, 2018
This offer was very meaningful to Hayes, because it was his first one and also because it was the first time Pitt offered a player from the City League since defensive back Therran Coleman in 2016.
“As soon as he offered, I was like ‘wow’ and we gave each other a hug,” said Hayes. “I was just shocked and told him I appreciate it. He then told me, ‘We can’t let you be in our backyard and not offer you.”
“I asked myself, ‘Is this really happening?’ Last year, I wanted to leave Westinghouse and everyone was telling me you’re not going to accomplish anything there because it’s just Westinghouse. I wanted to leave but my coaches, the Robinson brothers, inspired me to stay. They convinced me that ‘you’ll help us on and off the field’ and that I would be a leader. I took that to heart and everything is working out now.”
With the athletic ability that he has, Hayes has the potential to play many different positions in college but he might start out as a defensive end. He said that he wants and plans to make some more visits to other schools in order to see what other schools and coaches are like before deciding on a school. Hayes doesn’t want to rush anything and wants to experience
“I will say this, Pitt is at the top, I really like Pitt a lot.”