Tennessee football offered in-state legacy prospect Dallan Hayden, son of former Volunteers back Aaron Hayden and brother of Arkansas back Chase Hayden.
Aaron Hayden was part of an elite group of running backs for Tennessee football in the early 1990s alongside Charlie Garner, Mose Phillips and James Stewart. Now, his son could follow in his footsteps on Rocky Top.
The Vols offered 2022 running back Dallan Hayden. A running back and cornerback out of CBHS in Memphis, Hayden announced the Vols’ offer on Twitter. He is the brother of Arkansas Razorbacks running back Chase Hayden.
Hayden clearly hasn’t generated any buzz yet on recruiting services given the fact that he hasn’t piled up any high school stats. But with guys like Todd Kelly Jr., Dillon Bates and Nigel Warrior currently on the roster, Tennessee football has been getting more legacy players in recent years. Kahlil McKenzie and Evan Berry were other guys to fit that mold, and they’re now in the NFL.
Although he is completely unproven, Hayden has already demonstrated quite a few unique abilities that suggest the raw talent runs in the family. Austin Price of Volquest tweeted out a highlight of him in a scrimmage.
As you can see, despite his age, he already has great speed and can fly. This is going to be huge for him in the future, and it’ll be huge for Tennessee football if they can get him to commit to them. If he does, and if he’s anything like his dad, the Vols will be in good shape.
Remember, Hayden memorably scored the game-winning touchdown in the Miracle at South Bend in 1991. He averaged over five yards a carry for his career and helped bring along Peyton Manning as a freshman in 1994.
Meanwhile, Chase Hayden averaged over five yards a carry for the Hogs as a freshman in limited time. So talent truly runs in the family. That bodes well for the Vols if they can lock up Dallan Hayden. But only time will tell if that’s the case.