Over the weekend, WMU held its annual spring game which was a nice opportunity for their staff to show off Kalamazoo to a handful of recruits. One of them was so impressed that he committed just hours after.
LB Treshaun Hayward announced his commitment to P.J. Fleck and Western Michigan on Saturday evening.
Ready for the next chapter pic.twitter.com/XUtGXNj219— TreBall (@_Tre_23) October 23, 2016
Hayward committed over reported offers from Ball State, Buffalo, CMU, EMU, Illinois, Miami, NIU, and Toledo. 247Sports Composite rates Hayward a 3-star recruit, however it is unclear if Hayward's Illinois offer came from Lovie Smith and the new staff or former head coach Bill Cubit. It may seem like a minor detail, however it could have played a part in his decision as it was his only listed Power 5 offer.
Either way, Hayward will stay close to home and play for the Broncos. He currently attends Skyline located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a junior, Hayward had 102 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. He also has some experience playing running back for Skyline, however projects as a linebacker at the next level.
Shortly after his original commitment, Hayward explained to Hustle Belt why he chose WMU.
"WMU is close to home and they are a winning program coach Fleck has changed the culture of the program and I loved every part of it. You aren't just a football player there you're family."
Hayward is the third linebacker to join WMU's class, the other two being Tanner Motz and Trenton Guthrie. Motz is also considered a 3-star prospect, while Guthrie is rated a 2-star recruit.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of this class develops a we inch closer to National Signing Day 2017.
Check out Hayward's junior year highlights courtesy of Hudl.