Chase Hayden talks Vandy, Ole Miss

Chase Hayden, an outstanding RB/CB from Collierville, Tenn., (St. George's HS) is fast becoming one of the top prospects for the 2017 class. Hayden spoke with VandyMania.com about his recruiting.

Chase Hayden Profile

Don Yates: What makes you a great player?
Chase Hayden
: My vision, my acceleration. I just feel like I'm a playmaker, really.

DY:
You're a cornerback, correct.
CH:
Yes sir. Well, running back and cornerback.

DY:
What were your stats last year (as a sophomore).
CH:
I had two interceptions and 45 tackles. I have 1,751 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns and 1,951 all purpose.

DY:
1,951 all purpose yards?
CH:
Yes sir.

DY:
Holy moly. That's pretty darn good. What was that receiving and kickoff returns?
CH:
Yes sir, receiving and kickoff returns.

DY:
What is your forty speed.
CH:
I ran a 4.56.

DY:
That's great. You're still a young man. You are going to get faster and faster, I bet. What schools are recruiting you the hardest.
CH:
Probably Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

DY:
How often are you hearing from Vanderbilt?
CH:
I had a couple of recent visits. I went up there for Junior Day this past weekend and they offered me.

DY:
What are some of the things the Vanderbilt coaches said they liked about you?
CH:
They like my playmaking ability and like my vision at running back.

DY:
What coaches were you talking to?
CH:
I talked to coach Mason a lot yesterday [Saturday] then I got to talk to my area recruiting coach, Brett Maxie.

DY:
Your father went to Tennessee, correct?
CH:
Yes sir.

DY:
We know they (Vandy and Tennessee) are big rivals. How would that play into your possibility of playing for Vanderbilt?
CH:
Well, my dad is originally from Detroit, but he said I'm just going to have to make my own decision; it's up to me. Wherever I feel is the best place for me he's going to support me and that's where he wants me to go.

DY:
Sounds like a good dad. What are some of the things you like about Ole Miss?
CH:
I really enjoyed it when I got to talk to the players. [Something positive about Coach Freeze but phone technical problems]

DY:
What about Ole Miss? Is that somewhere you could see yourself playing?
CH:
Yeah, I could see myself playing there. Especially since it's close to home. I really like the running backs coach there.

DY:
What positions are teams recruiting you for?
CH:
Tennessee and Ole Miss are recruiting me as a running back and Vanderbilt told me that really don't know what position they want me to play yet.

DY:
Who do you think is maybe close to offering you?
CH:
Ole Miss

DY:
What camps do you plan to attend in the near future?
CH:
Florida State and Alabama.

DY:
What other sports do you play in addition to football.
CH:
Basketball.

DY:
Is that something where you are getting interest from colleges too?
CH:
Yes, MTSU, Murray State and Vanderbilt are interested.

DY:
Would you be interested in playing football and basketball at Vanderbilt.
CH:
I could see myself doing that.

DY:
How are you doing in the classroom?
CH:
I have a 3.1 GPA.

DY:
Chase, thanks so much for your time. I think you have a great future ahead of you.
CH:
Thank you sir.

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