Texas Lands 2018 Three-Star Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes Cuts List

Jaxson Hayes, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Archbishop Moeller (OH) High School, committed to Texas on Friday per Scout. He took an official visit to Texas earlier this month (Sept. 8).

“I’m heading to the University of Texas,” Hayes told Scout. “It’s just a perfect fit. I really like coach [Shaka] Smart and really love the guys there and the plan they have for me.”

According to 247Sports, Hayes is ranked as the No. 229 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 7 player from the state of Ohio. He joins Gerald Liddell and Brock Cunningham as the third commit in the Longhorns’ 2018 class.

Hayes, who cut his list to five last week, chose Texas over Kentucky, Butler, Georgetown, and Xavier. When Hayes received an offer from Kentucky earlier this month, it came as a surprise to many, as Brian Snow of Scout wrote, “Hayes is a kid who went from not starting and playing very limited minutes as a junior in high school to being a priority recruit for schools all over the Midwest as well as the University of Texas.”

In addition to his Texas official visit, Hayes also took and official to Xavier (Sept. 15). He also took unofficial visits to Kentucky (Sept. 2) and Illinois (Sept. 3) in consecutive days.

“Think about it, I’m not sure Jaxson has ever started a game in high school. Not on varsity, not on junior varsity, and not even on the freshman team,” Moeller Head Coach Carl Kremer told Scout back in August.

Kremer went on to outline Hayes’ development over the last few years.

“He was a total late bloomer,” explained Kremer. “As a freshman I am going to guess he was 6-foot-1 tops and maybe 120 pounds. He was literally the 20th guy we kept out of 20 on our freshman team, but you knew he had great upside.

“His sophomore year he grew to be about 6-foot-4 and started to get some JV minutes, but he wasn’t a starter,” Kremer continued. “His junior year he grew to 6-foot-7, maybe 6-foot-8, and really helped us a lot. Now he is a legit 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10, and this summer everything went to another level. He is a kid who deserves it. He has waited his time and it is kind of neat to see.”

“I feel like really for me to grow more as a man I needed to put myself into a different surrounding so that’s why I felt like Texas would be a perfect fit,” Hayes told Scout. “I really connected with the guys and really connected with Smart.”

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