Georgia State Transfer Kicker Michael Hayes Announces Commitment to WVU
When it comes to kicking, West Virginia’s latest transfer commit can literally do it all.
Georgia State transfer kicker Michael Hayes announces he is going to be a Mountaineer late Friday night. Hayes, a redshirt junior, has two remaining years left of eligibility.
COMMITTED!⛰️ @WVUfootball #HailWV #TakeMeHome23 @NealBrown_WVU @CoachKoonz @CoachTThompson pic.twitter.com/8al8roMt0A
— Michael Hayes (@wmhayesii) January 7, 2023
The Florence, South Carolina native, is billed as both a place kicker and punter on the Georgia State team site. While filling mostly punting duties his first two seasons with Georgia State, Hayes converted 11 out of 14 field goal tries in 2022, highlighted by a 51-yarder.
West Virginia found themselves in need of a place kicker when Casey Legg decided to retire and forgo his extra year of eligibility. Legg was perfect in both extra points and field goals this past season before missing two kicks in the home finale against Kansas State.
As far as punting goes, Hayes owns an average distance of 41.5 yards per boot to this point in his college career out of 165 punts. He boomed a 66-yarder as his longest. Hayes’ punting ability isn’t as needed with the Mountaineers though. Oliver Straw, now a sophomore, was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week twice and averaged 42.5 yards per punt during his freshman season.
Below is a video package of highlights Hayes put together himself.