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Other commits rejoice after Hayden’s pledge
Arkansas picked up a commitment from one of its top targets in the 2017 class Sunday night when running back Chase Hayden announced his pledge via Twitter.
WOO PIG SOOIE??? pic.twitter.com/ayDjpkj2lp
— Chase Hayden (@Chase_Hayden2) July 25, 2016
The 5-foot-10, 189-pound prospect from St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.) chose the Razorbacks over Missouri and Oklahoma State.
Hayden is the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the nation in the Class of 2017. He rushed for 2,625 yards and 37 touchdowns last season.
A 3-star prospect, Hayden had recently indicated to SEC Country he was intrigued by the chance to play for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
He is the 17th commit for the Razorbacks’ in the 2017 class. A few of the standouts among the other 16 commits in the class rejoiced on Twitter after Hayden made his announcement. That group included Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) wide receiver Koilan Jackson, Katy (Texas) defensive end Ryder Anderson and Etowah (Attalla, Ala.) quarterback Daulton Hyatt.
Welcome to the Family bro ?? https://t.co/6GZgGE7qgU
— Koilan Jackson™ (@KoilanJack3) July 25, 2016
— Ryder Anderson (@ryderanderson10) July 25, 2016
This is HUGE!! congrats and welcome to the family bro! Woo Pig! ✊?? https://t.co/s9uEXtrLF8
— Daulton Hyatt 11™ (@daulton_hyatt) July 25, 2016
Jackson helping pursue state’s top prospect
Since Jackson committed in April, he’s been in discussions with Montaric Brown — Arkansas’ No. 1 prospect in 2017 — about joining him as a Razorbacks pledge.
Jackson hinted the conversations with the 6-foot, 182-pound 4-star defensive back from Ashdown (Ark.) have been positive in the Razorbacks’ favor.
“I’m trying to get Montaric Brown to come to Arkansas,” Jackson recently told SEC Country. “It sounds like he’s leaning that way a little bit, but I can’t really tell. It’s close.
“I met him at a track meet back in March and then we talked for a long time after that. He sounded really interested in coming to Arkansas. Ever since then we just call each other from time to time and stuff like that.”
The next major Arkansas target set to announce his commitment is expected to be junior college cornerback Keisean Nixon.
The 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore from Arizona Western is choosing between Arkansas, Cal, Colorado State and Iowa State.
Nixon is the No. 3 junior college cornerback in the 2017 class. The Razorbacks have already received a pledge from one of Nixon’s Arizona Western teammates after 4-star tight end Jeremy Patton committed in June.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.