According to a report from Danny West of Rivals.com on Sunday, the Arkansas Razorbacks have landed four-star running back Chase Hayden. While the Razorbacks have managed to secure the school’s first commitment from the state of Tennessee in more than five years, Hayden’s addition has also lifted Arkansas back into the top 25 of Rivals.com’s ranking system.
“I’m officially committed to Arkansas,” said Hayden. “I ended up choosing Arkansas because of the relationships I’ve developed with Coach Bielema and Coach Mitchell, that really helped me make my decision.”
Ranked as the No. 224 overall player in the country, Hayden is also slated as the nation’s No. 4 all-purpose for the class of 2017.
“That played a big part in my decision,” he added. “They don’t have a guy like me right now and they told me I can come in and be used all over the place. They can move me around in the backfield, put me in the slot and just find ways to get the ball in my hands. That was always their biggest pitch to me, that they need a guy with my skills.”
It is also worth noting that his father played running back in the SEC as well. Before eventually moving on to the professional ranks of the NFL, the elder Hayden started for the Tennessee Volunteers.
“My dad is really excited for me and really comfortable with my decision,” said Hayden. “He told me he’s going to be an Arkansas fan, but if we play Tennessee he’s still going to wear the orange.”