Dallan Hayden Breaks Down Top Schools

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Dallan Hayden 
Athlete, Class of 2022
Christian Brothers, Memphis, TN
5-11, 192

One month ago, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) four-star athlete Dallan Hayden reported a list of his top seven schools, and said those schools still are in better position than the rest of his two dozen scholarship offers.

Hayden, No. 221 in the 2022 Rivals250, said his seven standouts are Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Auburn. But while he’s making some moves, he’s also waiting. The extension of the NCAA’s recruiting dead period through the end of the year has certainly delayed his final decision.

“That [top seven list] on Rivals, that was the early ones, but my recruitment is open,” Hayden said. “I already know some schools that I like, though. They’re all in there for different reasons. The football programs just kind of speak for themselves.”

Hayden has yet to see the Hokies first-hand, but he does have some familiarity with the football program and its previous success.

“I know the history with DBs,” Hayden said. “I know that they have a really good academic program, other than football. I know Coach (Justin) Fuente because he used to be in Memphis. I just think he’s going to do good things. I don’t know a lot, but I want to get to know more about Virginia Tech.”

Assistant coaches Ryan Smith and Adam Lechtenberg have been the primary recruiters for the Hokies,

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