"Some schools have been coming on pretty strong for me lately," Hayden told JCFootball.com. "Troy has really been coming on hard for me. They call me every week and send me stuff. They haven't offered me yet, but I'm hopeful they will soon."
Hayden, who finished the regular season with 14 TDs and over 700 yards rushing, has also been hearing from Southern Mississippi – who he visited unofficially earlier this month – South Carolina, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State.
Hayden, who attended Pearl River Central High School in Mississippi, was a full qualifier out of high school but didn't fill out the correct forms to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse so he stayed home and decided to play for Pearl River and it's starting to pay off with a big sophomore season.
"I've got 580 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns and last week I just caught my first receiving touchdown," Hayden said. "We run a wide-open offense so sometimes they like to go empty and split me out wide which is fun too."
Hayden's 4.39 speed (timed during August) and good vision are skills that schools have taken an interest in.
"My vision is probably my biggest asset," Hayden said. "My school runs the zone-blocking scheme and I have the ability to see the whole before it opens and then hit it hard. Schools have also told me they really like my agility and versatility as well."
Hayden will have three years to play two at the next level and will finish his degree in December. He also plans to major in sports administration with the focus on being a coach once his playing days are over.