Hayden Burton tips the scales at 6-6, 315 pounds. The athletic big man has worked hard to get his name on the radar of major college programs, but to date his college options have been rather limited.
"I have offers from several junior college programs and Jackson State," Burton said. "I have heard from a few other schools, but they haven't offered yet. I have heard a lot from Mississippi State, so I am hoping that they end up offering me."
Burton and the Bulldogs should be well acquainted. The south Mississippi standout took part in Mississippi State's one day camp sessions last June, attended a handful of Bulldog home games this past season and attended Dan Mullen's first junior day event in February.
"I like going up there," Burton said of Mississippi State. "They have a great campus and I really like all of the coaches there. Everybody makes you feel like family. I think it would be a great place to go to school and go play ball."
The first Mississippi State staffer that Burton sees when he spends time in Starkville is Bulldog offensive line boss, John Hevesy. To hear Burton tell it, he and the veteran coach have built a solid relationship already.
"I like Coach Hevesy a lot," Burton said. "He is a great coach and he knows what he is talking about. He's fun to be around. He believes in getting the work done. He is going to push you, but I like that. I think I would enjoy playing for him."
Burton is in no hurry to make a selection and plans to make the rounds this summer in an effort to boost his stock in the eyes of college football coaches.
"I am going to a lot of camps for sure," Burton said. "I am going to Mississippi State for sure. I am probably going down to LSU and I will go up to Jackson State and work out there since they offered me. I am just trying to work hard and find the place where I fit in best. I am just going to be patient and see what happens."
Burton began his high school career at Bogue Chitto High School, but elected to make the move to Parklane Academy. Last season as a junior, Burton was part of a massive Pioneer offensive line that powered the program into the first round of the MAIS playoffs.