Class of 2021 Pine-Richland lineman Harrison Hayes has committed to Liberty, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday night.
Hayes, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound tackle and defensive end for the Rams, chose Liberty over offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, UConn, Kent State, Old Dominion and Toledo.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank GOD for all the blessings and the opportunity to play football at the next level,” Hayes wrote on Twitter.
— Harrison Hayes (@hhayess55) April 14, 2020
Hayes is the fifth WPIAL player to commit to an FBS school in the Class of 2021, joining West Mifflin defensive end Nahki Johnson (Pitt), Union lineman Aaron Gunn (Louisville) and Plum lineman Evan Azzara and Peters Township linebacker Corban Hondru (Miami University).
Washington lineman Chase Mitchell committed to Liberty in the Class of 2020.
The Flames went 8-5 in 2019, the first season under head coach Hugh Freeze, who previously coached at Ole Miss. Liberty joined the FBS ranks in 2018 and plays as an independent. They’re scheduled to play Power Five schools NC State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech in 2020.