Last week, the Vols legacy picked up his first Division I scholarship offer from Tennessee.
"I was just really excited," Hayden said. "It just finally felt like all the hard work paid off. It's just a blessing. I was really excited."
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder played both defensive back and running back for the St. George's Gryphons in Collierville, Tennessee. In 2014, Hayden ran the football 181 times for 1,449 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 104 yards and a score. Defensively, Hayden totaled 32 tackles, three tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Those numbers had Hayden as a Tennessee Titans TSSAA Division II Class A Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist.
"It was just a good season," Hayden said.
Pedigree is not an issue with the runner as his father is Aaron Hayden, who was a Michigan native that came to Tennessee, running for 2,0161 yards on 393 attempts with 12 touchdowns before being a fourth-round NFL Draft selection by the San Diego Chargers in 1995. Betwen the Chargers, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, Hayden ran for 784 yards on 215 carries with four touchdowns.
"He's helped me a lot, just putting me through drills," Chase said.
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Chase Hayden with InsideTennessee