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2018 offensive lineman Hayden Burton camped at Mississippi State

Parklane Academy's Hayden Burton, one of the top offensive linemen in the Mississippi class of 2018, camped at Mississippi State this past weekend. He talked about his camp experience.

"I camped at Mississippi State due to the atmosphere," said Burton. "When you walk into the facilities you can feel the hard work that is done there. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it; you are going to work hard."

He came away very impressed with what he saw from Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy.

"Working with him was definitely different than high school," said Burton. "His energy level is absolutely fantastic. I love it. I can't play around people who don't have energy and his energy is awesome. And he pushes you. And that is what I love."

Burton learned several things from Hevesy that will enhance his overall game.

"I learned how to pass set when I drop back and foot and hand placement," he said. "That is mostly what I learned."

Burton expects to attend several camps during the early portion of the summer.

"I have attended the MSU, Belhaven and Ole Miss camps," said the talented youngster. "I am also doing the Alabama and LSU camps and possibly a couple of other smaller ones."

He explained why he is attending the camps.

"I am trying to get noticed by the coaches and receive scholarship offers," said Burton. "That is what everybody is trying to do."

He already has one offer in hand.

"Jackson State offered me a scholarship about five weeks ago," said Burton. "It didn't really surprise me because (head) Coach (Tony) Hughes, who coached at Mississippi State, and I are real tight. I think the world of him and he of me."

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