Louisville football updated their roster this week and along with the addition of JUCO transfer Justin Ford, Isaiah Hayes was added to the roster. Hayes is a grad transfer from Arizona who plays safety. Louisville is adding the son of a former NFL player that played well as a freshman at Arizona but found himself in the training room a lot over the last couple of years due to injury.
ShaDon Brown tweeted out his customary tweet for when he lands a recruit back in April but no news ever dropped about a commitment. It happened to be right after Hayes left his visit to Louisville so it was fairly obvious what was going on. After Hayes finished up the required classes at Arizona he headed east to join the Cards. At 6-1/190, Hayes has good size and he comes to Louisville with a few years of experience in the PAC-12.
Hayes ended his freshman year for the Wildcats with 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack. After missing his second season with an injury he ended last season with 20 tackles in five games. If healthy, Hayes is obviously a strong addition to the secondary for Bryan Brown’s defense. Personally, my hope is that he allows the staff to move Khane Pass down to the “Card” position to back up Rodjay Burns and add some versatility. At worst, Hayes is a guy that provides veteran experience and an option to put on the field if an injury happens to a starter.
Hayes will have two years to play at Louisville after graduating in two years and taking a redshirt in his second year at Zona.