TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Tyler Hayes is back in the southeast to continue his football career.
The former Alabama linebacker, whose career ended when he was arrested in February 2013, was announced Friday as a new addition at West Georgia. The Thomasville High product spent last season at Butler Community College in Kansas, where he racked up 71 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles.
Hayes joins former Mississippi State signee Jordan Washington and former South Florida defensive back Josh Brown as the latest players to sign at West Georgia, a Division II school in Carrollton, Georgia.
“I’m really excited about all three of these guys coming to join us,” West Georgia coach Will Hall said in a university statement. “All were highly recruited out of high school and bring tremendous talent at linebacker, corner and defensive line, and they will defintely help us in our pursuit to become bigger and faster on defense than we have been in the past.”
Hayes spent one year at Alabama and primarily saw the field on special teams. He played in 13 games and racked up 14 tackles.
Hayes was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery when he allegedly joined a few of his teammates in two separate muggings of Alabama students just weeks after the 2013 BCS National Championship. He was one of four players dismissed just shortly after the incidents, joining D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams and Brent Calloway. Pettway has since returned to Alabama.
Hayes, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, applied for youthful offender status, which seals the case and prevents the public from viewing the outcome. Hayes’ case files are not currently viewable on Alabama’s online court system.
According to his Rivals.com profile, Hayes had offers from Southern Miss, Texas State and Western Michigan. In October, he told the website his season at junior college allowed him to “start over.”
“It’s been a good thing,” he said. “It’s been really good for me. It’s a great school and a great program.