IRVING – Maurice Hayes, a defensive tackle from Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College, has joined the Oklahoma State football program and is now attending class in Stillwater.
Hayes becomes the sixth mid-year enrollee for in 2011, joining three high school players and two other junior college transfers.
Hayes is listed at 6-4, 315 pounds. He will be a junior at . He was a two-time all-Northern Conference selection by the California Community College Athletic Association. He was a unanimous selection to the team following the 2009 season when he led his squad to the semifinals of the California postseason playoffs.
Hayes played high school football at Pepperell in Rome, Ga. He was the Rome News-Tribune defensive player of the year as a senior and an honorable mention all-state selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. As a prep senior, he was credited with 48 tackles, including 12 for loss. He had eight quarterback sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. He also caused two fumbles while helping lift his squad to a region title and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
Joining Hayes as January enrollees at are junior college defensive end Ryan Robinson, junior college offensive lineman Michael Bowie, high school linebacker Kris Catlin, high school offensive lineman Travis Cross and high school quarterback J.W. Walsh.
With the six additions at semester, will have just six fewer scholarship players on the field for spring practice than it did for the 2010 season. lost just 12 senior scholarship players from its 11-2 squad.