Pitt kicks off 2014 class with OG Hayes

Offensive guard Connor Hayes (Traverse City, Mich./West) has become Pittsburgh's first pledge during this recruiting cycle, multiple sources report.

He selected the Panthers over scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Duke, Indiana, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin also showed interest in the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect.

ESPN calls Hayes, who will be included during the next rankings update, "a developmental prospect with good size and toughness; some time and a redshirt year will be needed to improve his athleticism and technical skills."